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Oxford Dictionary introduces new word 'Idiocracy' among its 1,400 new words



Oxford Dictionary introduces the new word 'Idiocracy' among its 1,400 new words: Details, Highlights

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has officially added a word ‘Idiocracy’ in it's 1,400 new words that were added to its senses, and phrases. 

The Oxford English Dictionary has defined a word as a society consisting of or governed by people characterized as idiots or government formed of people considered stupid, ignorant, or idiotic.

The Oxford English Dictionary also added the term ‘trapo’ which in Philippine English means politician perceived as belonging to conventional and corrupt ruling class. It also added adjective bongga from Philippine English borrowed from Tagalog, which means extravagant, flamboyant, impressive, stylish, or excellent


The Oxford English Dictionary undergoes revision four times every year. Apart from new words and phrases, new senses are added to existing words.

The Oxford English Dictionary records over 100 words derived ultimately from Greek suffix -cracy, meaning ‘power’ or ‘rule’. Words like democracy and aristocracy originated in ancient Greek, but by the 18th century, -ocracy was being added to English words as in statocracy and mobocracy.

In the 19th-century large number trickle of such formations with many of new words being terms of ridicule. The earlier terms foolocracy (1832) and idiotocracy (used by Ambrose Bierce in 1909) express a similar concept.


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