It’s official: bogan has made it into the Oxford dictionary.

It’s language’s highest bar to clear, and its inclusion means that by any definition, bogan is truly a word. How do words get into the dictionary, anyway? And what do these words tell us about ourselves?

Linguist Daniel Midgley brushes up on the lingo on this week’s episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

It’s in Oxford.

Where does it come from? Possibly the river.

More bogan history

How do they decide what goes in the dictionary, anyway?

Here’s how you can submit evidence for a word.

And the Oxford Dictionaries Online has added even more new ones.

Here are some aptonyms.