The latest quarterly update to Oxford Dictionaries sees a wide range of words, definitions, and senses added to the dictionary. Here is a selection of some of the new words and senses from this quarter’s update:
Ship was originally an abbreviation of relationship, and refers to a romantic relationship between two characters in a fictional series – often one that is supported by fans rather than depicted in the series itself.
You might find these relationships portrayed
in fan fiction or online discussion; those who have a particular interest in a particular ship are known as shippers, which is another word entering Oxford Dictionaries Online in this update.
Support for one of these relationships is described with the verb ship – for example, 'I will always ship Sherlock and Molly'.
Thing is far from a new word, but a new sense has developed over recent years.
Describing something as a thing is now used informally to indicate that something is an established or genuine
phenomenon or practice – often registering surprise or incredulity
For example: 'he looks like he's wearing boxers underneath his trunks (is that a thing?).
比如：“他看起来好像在泳裤下面还穿了平角裤——真的是这样吗（is that a thing）?”