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‘Trapo’ and ‘bongga’ make it into Oxford English Dictionary

/ 02:51 PM October 12, 2018

Just in time for the upcoming 2019 midterm elections, the Oxford English Dictionary added ‘trapo’ in its extensive list of new words.

In a statement, the OED defined ‘trapo’ as “a politician perceived as belonging to a conventional and corrupt ruling class.”

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The OED said the word exemplifies the “multilingualism of the Philippines” because not only ‘trapo’ means rag in Spanish, but it’s also a pun of English phrase ‘traditional politician.’

Another word that entered OED’s list was ‘bongga’ “which means extravagant, flamboyant, impressive, stylish, or (more generally) excellent.”

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Among the 1400 new words, senses and phrases added this year are Filipino culinary words ‘bagoong,’ ‘bihon,’ ‘calamansi,’ ‘carinderia,’ ‘ensaimada,’ ‘palay,’ ‘panciteria,’ ‘sorbetes’ and ‘turon.’

The 134-year-old institution Oxford English Dictionary currently has over 600,000 English words in its repository. /muf/ac

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