LONDON — Manspreading is so widespread it’s now a word.

The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats. It’s now been added to OxfordDictionaries.com.

The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, issued its quarterly update Thursday of new words that have gained widespread currency in the English language. Here’s a sampling from the list:

— beer o’clock, n: the appropriate time of day to start drinking beer

— Mx, n: a gender-neutral title used in place of Ms., Mr., Miss or Mrs.

— Brexit, n.: a term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the 28-nation European Union

— Manic Pixie Dream Girl, n: A type of female film character inspiring an appreciation for life in a male character

— butt dial, v.: calling someone accidentally with your mobile phone in a rear pocket

— cat cafe, n.: a café or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises

— hangry, adj.: bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger


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