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Tonkotsu, Kintsugi, Okonomiyaki, Mangaka and more made it into Oxford!

Mar 29, 2024

Yes, finally!

A total of 23 new words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Although it is not uncommon to see food products and dishes get recognition by Oxford. It is good to have Karaage and Takoyaki in the Dictionary.

Another notable addition is Kintsugi: the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by meticulously joining pieces back together and filling cracks with lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, thereby highlighting the flaws in the mended object. It has become quite popular in the pop culture in the recent years.

Anime lovers would welcome the addition of the famed term Isekai with open arms. However, it is surprising to see the addition of Mangaka(probably the most-known Japanese word in the West) this late. For someone like me, knowing what prevented it all these years is interesting. Experts say the growing influence of Japanese games and media is the reason behind these additions. It is easy to argue the recent Oscar wins of Hayao Miyazaki's film and Godzilla Minus One tipped the scale on some level.


New words of Japanese origin added to the OED in the March 2024 update 

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