No homo has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary
Although the Oxford English Dictionary has included a series of LGBT+-inclusive terms to their dictionary, there is one definition that the LGBT+ community could perhaps do without.
According to the Urban Dictionary – the only other place the phrase is listed – no homo means a phrase used after one inadvertently says something that sounds gay.
And we don’t know about you, but we’re not *entirely* sure what gay sounds like either… just like, um, existing?
In a world where the word gay is still used as a pejorative, it’s somewhat eyeroll-inducing that something like no homo would be added to the dictionary in the same sitting as trans and same-sex marriage.
Trans* has been added to the dictionary’s fold for the first time this year.
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The OED definition of trans* states that it was “originally used to include explicitly both transsexual and transgender, or (now usually) to indicate the inclusion of gender identities such as gender-fluid, agender, etc., alongside transsexual and transgender.”
Merriam-Webster’s unabridged dictionary of 1934 featured the gender-neutral pronoun “thon” – short for “that one” – and continued to include the word until 1961.
In an article releasing the definitions on its site, the dictionary also rebuked those who make “one of the most common complaints” about English, pointing out gender-neutral pronouns exist in its pages.
The term asexual was also added to the dictionary, which has been widely used since 2001.
In the OED, the term is defined as “without sexual feelings or associations.”
However, the way that the dictinary chooses to describe the word can be seen as problematic.
“It’s the sort of garment that nuns would approve of, as it renders a woman completely asexual,” says one example of usage.