(PCM) Each year the Oxford English Dictionary is updated with new and accepted words, some of which happen to be what we would define as “slang”. One word in particular that made the cut this year is “woke”. The slang term has been around for quite some time as one of its’ earliest references was used as the title of a event that took place in Harlem, NY during the 1920’s called the “Stay Woke Ball” which was an event that ran all night long from 5am to 5pm the next day. “Woke” was later used in the 1960’s to describe someone who was “aware or well-informed”.
In more recent years “woke” surfaced once again being used in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to support social justice and activist movements. “Woke” has now been officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary and it’s definition is as follows: “woke, adjective: Originally: well-informed, up-to-date. Now chiefly: alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice; frequently in stay woke.”
Joining “woke” and making the cut for this year’s addition of new words is “swimmer” mean to reference male sperm, “post-truth” meaning facts that matter less than perception and “unclick” which means exactly what you would assume, as in not clicking on something.