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The Oxford English Dictionary Just Added 'Woke.' It's Older Than You Might Think - Time

Slang is almost always older than you think. English speakers have been calling stylish people "fly" since at least 1953. Though it's everywhere now, the first known use of OMG goes back to 1917. And the Oxford English Dictionary's latest update shows that the same is true of woke: The term, which has spread virally in recent years after being embraced by the Black Lives Matter movement, has been used to describe those who are aware since the early 1960s.

Here's how the OED defines it.

    woke, adjective: Originally: well-informed, up-to-date. Now chiefly: alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice; frequently in stay woke.

The OED added that word, along with scores of others, in its quarterly update this June. Before editors add any word, they dig to find the earliest examples they can of it being used.

by Bjinse on Mon Jun 26th, 2017 at 09:10:53 PM EST
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