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15 Words Rejected by the Oxford English Dictionary That Are So Relatable, We Wish They Existed

You try to find a word you heard somewhere in the dictionary, but it’s not there. Don’t worry, it’s not your fault. Over 600,000 words get submitted each year to be included in the esteemed Oxford English Dictionary, but only a few hundred make the cut. This does not mean that these words are not used, they are just not popular enough to make it into the dictionary.

These rejected words are stored in a vault owned by the Oxford University Press, and Bright Side found some of these word rejects. If their popularity rises in the future, they may well find a place among the pages of the dictionary.

1. Wibble

It’s the lip shaking you experience when you are overtly angry and upset at the same time. You want to cry, but the anger won’t let the tears roll out. In today’s high-pressure work environment, it’s a tremble most have probably experienced.

2. Optotoxical

It’s an expression for the killer looks you get from your parents or spouse when you get caught red-handed doing something you shouldn’t be doing.

3. Wurfing

’Wurfing’ is almost the same as ’Surfing’ except that you are surfing from work. We want to add that this word can be quite necessary nowadays, as studies suggest that employees spend 1-3 hours of their workday hours wurfing.

4. Fumb

Your palms have thumbs. Your feet have big toes. But there's a one-word option for them too, it's just that the revered dictionary decided not to include it. Your big toe can also be called a fumb, as in thumb of the foot. It's that simple.

5. Asphinxiation

That churning in the stomach you experience when someone keeps asking you tough, unanswerable riddles is asphinxiation. The feeling that makes it harder to breathe (asphyxia) is where the word comes from.

6. Gingerbreading

Think of all the elaborate decorations at the Palace of Versailles or for that matter any well-kept palace. That's gingerbreading for you! It's a common term among architects, but rarely used in common speak, but we support its inclusion into the mainstream lexicon.

7. Peppier

This is a very niche profession. He is a waiter, but he doesn't wait tables or bring you food. Instead, the only thing he serves is freshly ground pepper. No salt even, just pepper!

8. Dringle

We all see these circular stain marks left on the table after a night of having people over. No one loves them, but the good news is that if you are quick, they are easy to remove! These marks are called dringles.

9. Freegan

Consumerism might not be the bad word that many people associate it to be. But if you despise consumerism and have taken it to the next level by only eating food that's been discarded by others, then you are obviously a freegan. And obviously the food's free!!

10. Glocalization

If you end up being served burgers with maple syrup in Canada you will understand what glocalization is. Or maybe butter chicken with pasta! It's when you run a business and have to cater to both local and global considerations. Localization + Globalization = Glocalization.

11. Furgle

It happens all the time. And it's not our fault, but our bag's. We put in everything there, yet when the time comes to find something, it's hiding in the most inaccessible corner of the bag. If you have struggled like this, then you have furgled.

12. Scrax

We scratch it every time, but instead of the million bucks, we just get some well wishes. That silvery thing under which hides no ticket to Paris is scrax.

13. Precuperate

It's a cold wintery night, and the next morning you have to rush to someplace where you don't want to go. Lying in the bed, you think that it might be better if you fall ill and cancel your plans. So, you are precuperating. It's when you prepare for the possibility of getting sick.

14. Espacular

That's the one word you could use to describe aurora borealis. It's just espacular (extremely spectacular).

15. Xenolexica

If you're already confused by all these new words you've just read, you are suffering from xenolexica. It is the confused feeling you have when you have to deal with a lot of complex new words.

Which of these words have you used? Tell us in the comments. Do you think any of these words will ever get included in the dictionary?

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