Hongkonger added into Oxford English Dictionary

Hongkonger and Hong Kongese have been added in Oxford English dictionary in recognition of local identity of inhabitants of Hong Kong.

Created On: Mar 26, 2014 14:14 ISTModified On: Mar 26, 2014 15:35 IST

Oxford English dictionary has added Hongkonger and Hong Kongese in March 2014 in recognition of Hong Kong's local identity of inhabitants of the city. These are among the 900 new words added to the dictionary.

The word has been added to the dictionary at a time, when the people of the city are losing their original/individual identity due to Chinese influence on the countries politics and culture has emerged a lot.

Meaning of these words as per the dictionary

• Hongkonger and Hong Kongese are defined as the native or inhabitant of Hong Kong {A person living in Hong Kong SAR (Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China)}
• Hong Kongese can also be defined as an adjective to describe anything related to the city or its residents

This word was included by the dictionary following anti-Mainlandisation campaign over past few years. The campaign came into existence after China over took the city after end of the British rule on it.

Oxford English Dictionary is updated three times in a year (quarterly) and every time it provides insight that how English language is changing. The process of updating the dictionary started in 2000 to offer an authoritative catalogue to change the dictionary of modern times. The Oxford dictionary for the first time was completed in 1928.

Some other generally used words that have been added to the dictionary are
• Bestie (meaning a person's best friend; a very close friend)
• Bookaholic (meaning a habitual and prolific reader; a compulsive book buyer)
• Beat boxer (meaning a performer who uses (amplified) vocal effects to imitate the sounds and rhythms of hip-hop)

Earlier, Hongkonger was used in 1870s by the Daily Independent newspaper in California to describe inhabitants of the then-British colony. Hong Kongese as a word has its existence in the Collins Dictionary.

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