“TTC”, “VBAC” and Other Parenting Slang Added to Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary's 2018 edition now includes various buzz words parents commonly use. Find out which ones made the cut.
If you always thought of the Oxford English Dictionary as that giant, dusty doorstop of a book taking up major space in your college library, well, it’s not so dusty anymore. In fact, it’s as up to date as the latest Tweet from your favorite Mommy Blogger (a word which, natch, has finally made it into the dictionary). The OED—basically the bible of the English language—just announced 1,100 new words that have been added to the 2018 edition, and it includes several words and phrases lifted straight out of the most up-to-date parenting lingo. “We combed parenting manuals and websites for terms we ought to consider including; we read books on pregnancy, giving birth, and introducing solids to your baby,” the editors of the OED said in an announcement. “And we decided to ask the experts—parents—for their opinions.” In fact, they posted a forum on the British mom’s site Mumsnet to find out straight from parents what they are talking and thinking about.
And here are some of the newest words:
Babymoon: “a relaxing or romantic holiday taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.”
Helicopter parenting: “the action or practice of being a parent who takes an excessive and overprotective interest in the life of his or her child, esp. with regard to education.”
Mommy blogger: “a female blogger who writes chiefly or exclusively about parenting issues.” (By the way, this is the newest of the OED parenting words, dating back only to 2005.)
To pump and dump: “to express and discard breast milk, typically following the ingestion of alcohol or medication which might be harmful to an infant.”
The OED also added several abbreviations that should be very familiar to anyone who’s ever logged on to a message board while trying to get pregnant:
TTC: “trying to conceive (particularly used in online forums)”
VBAC: “a vaginal birth by a woman who has undergone a cesarean section in a previous pregnancy.”
BFN: “Big fat nothing. a negative result on a pregnancy test (particularly used in online forums)”
And while it’s not a parenting term, we have to give a shout-out to one newly anointed word that every woman in America or England can relate to:
Mansplain: “(of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.”
We especially love the example the OED gives for this: “Apparently you can't sell a second-hand car for as much as a new one. So glad he mansplained that to me.”