What the guac? Oxford updates food definitions

Hong Kong's disappearing outdoor food stalls

By Eatocracy Editors


“Srsly, I had such a girl crush on the vendor who was selling those blondie cake pops with the pear cider guac dipping sauce at the street food fair. Squee! Apols for the jorts-wearing selfie, but I totally needed to document the food baby I’m about to have.”

TL;DR — Oxford Dictionaries Online announced on its blog today that some food-centric (along with tech and fashion) buzzwords have now been added to its official online lexicon, reflecting: “the linguistic influence of the world of gastronomy.” The online resource regularly updates its listings to reflect current terminology, and culinary offerings just since May include:


Cake pop

California roll

Canadian bacon

Eggy bread

Food baby


Kaffir lime




Monte Cristo

Pear cider

Streaky bacon

Street food

Back in February, appletini, burrata, flexitarian and tray bake were added to the mix.

The Oxford Dictionaries Online differs from The Oxford English Dictionary in that it focuses on current English and includes modern meanings and uses of words, while the OED focuses on words and meanings that have changed over time.

Confused? You can always twerk it out over nice long digital detox.

Read — Oxford Dictionary adds ‘twerk.’ Srsly!

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