Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Words, Offers Clarity On Old Ones : The Two-Way The OED unveils some modern coinage and explains a Supreme Court justice's choice of words.

Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Words, Offers Clarity On Old Ones

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia unleashed colorful vocabulary against the court's support of Obamacare Thursday. The Oxford English Dictionary explains what he meant. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia unleashed colorful vocabulary against the court's support of Obamacare Thursday. The Oxford English Dictionary explains what he meant.

Brennan Linsley/AP

Justice Antonin Scalia called on using old-time language on Thursday to express his contempt for the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Obamacare. He called the majority opinion "jiggery pokery" and "pure applesauce."

While Justice Scalia drew attention on Thursday for using old-time language like "jiggery pokery" and "pure applesauce," the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary added 500 entries, mostly of the new-fangled variety.

Also Thursday, the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary added 500 entries, mostly of the new-fangled variety.

Perhaps even more interesting for word nerds, a term widely believed to have been coined recently was found to have origins dating back to the 19th Century. It turns out Miley Cyrus did not invent "twerking." The word, originally spelled "twirk" was first spotted in 1820, and is thought to be a hybrid of "twitch" and "jerk."

Maybe even more interesting for word nerds, a term widely believed to have been coined recently was found to have origins dating back to the 19th century. It turns out Miley Cyrus did not invent "twerking." The word, originally spelled "twirk" was first spotted in 1820, and is thought to be a hybrid of "twitch" and "jerk."

According to the Oxford English Dictionary blog, "This is the first example of the noun found by the OED's researchers, from a letter to the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley: Really the Germans do allow themselves such twists & twirks of the pen, that it would puzzle any one. (1820 Charles Clairmont, Letter, 26 Feb.)"

According to the Oxford English Dictionary blog, "This is the first example of the noun found by the OED's researchers, from a letter to the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley: Really the Germans do allow themselves such twists & twirks of the pen, that it would puzzle any one. (1820 Charles Clairmont, Letter, 26 Feb.)"