September 15, 2016

15 Filipino words added to Oxford Dictionary

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    FILIPINO WORDS IN OXFORD. 15 new Filipino words are now included in the Oxford Dictionary. (Image grabbed from


    In the newly-released and updated Oxford English Dictionary (OED), 14 Filipino words have made it and are now part of the Oxford Dictionary with more than 1,000 revised and updated entries.

    Filipino words such as lechon (roasted pig), lechon asado, balut (fertilized duck egg), leche flan (custard dessert), pancit (noodles), kare-kare (peanut-based stew), and puto (steamed rice cake) are now included in the said list.

    Other words included are Filipino words for family members such as lolo (grandfather), lola (grandmother), tito (uncle), and tita (aunt). Another set of Filipino words included are yaya (housemaid), tabo (dipper), arnis (martial arts), and bayanihan (sense of community).

    The next update for Oxford Dictionary is set in December 2016.


    Source: Inquirer.netManila Bulletin

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