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Collins online dictionary adds mummy porn and blootered

Fifty Shades of Grey
Image caption The term mummy porn was coined after the publication of Fifty Shades of Grey

Blootered, amazeballs and mummy porn are among dozens of words and terms which have been added to a Glasgow-based online dictionary.

Publisher Collins invited people to become "word-spotters" and suggest new and emerging words for inclusion.

A total of 86 were chosen and can now be seen at

Collins said it received thousands of entries and opening the normally closed process would make recording the English language more democratic.

The online dictionary website was launched last year and is based in Glasgow, where Collins English Dictionary print editions and other best-selling reference titles are produced.

The term mummy porn was coined when the novel Fifty Shades of Grey, by British author EL James, shot to popularity this year.

'Really cool'

The book explores themes of a sexual nature and has a reputation for being popular with women.

Blootered, an adjective commonly used in Scotland to describe someone who is drunk, was added, along with Facebook, cyber bullying and floordrobe, which is defined as "a pile of clothes left on the floor of a room".

Tanya Clarke, 30, from Nottingham, submitted the successful entry "amazeballs", which is a slang word for giving approval to something.

"I first saw it on Facebook and I just thought it was really cool," she said.

"My daughter is 10 and she uses it all the time. I think it is one of those words that will be used a lot by teenagers and pre-teens.

"I think the opportunity offered by Collins to submit words is really good as it means people have the chance to give their views on things that people are actually saying and the terms they are using. It will keep things up-to-date."

Other new entries to the dictionary include frenemy, for a person who is considered as both a friend and a rival and shabby chic, which is a style of interior design that uses worn or distressed furnishings to achieve a "romantic effect".

Tiger mother, which described "a very strict mother who demands that her children reach a high level of achievement" was also added.

Abbreviations such as Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) and BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) have also been added, as well as marra, a northern English word for "mate".

Staying power

The entries will now be considered for the dictionary's print edition, but people can continue to submit words to Collins' online resource, which the publisher said allows it to keep up-to-date in real-time.

Criteria for inclusion includes frequency of use, number of sources and staying power.

Alex Brown, head of digital at Collins, said: "We were optimistic about just how keen people would be to take part, but have been blown away by the volume and variety of submissions, and the way that this opportunity to contribute and help document the English language has captured the public imagination.

"We look forward to receiving more submissions over the coming months and years, and, as the pace of change within the English language continues to accelerate, the contributions by eagle-eyed and sharp-eared word-spotters will become increasingly important."

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