OED adds banh mi and muffin top

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Banh mi makes the cut, as does doughnut hole.
Language standards are loosening up, as evidenced by last week's update of the Oxford English Dictionary, which added a few slangy acronyms--OMG and LOL, FYI, and WAG--as well as the trendy terms smack talk, couch surf, fixed gear, and ick factor.

In the food world, there were several newcomers--a few that seemed so common we were surprised they weren't in there already (where has doughnut hole been all these years?), and a few so obscure that we were surprised they made the cut.

· banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich)
· crème de cassis (black currant liqueur)
· gremolata (chopped herb condiment)
· rotten egg [wha?]
· rugelach (Jewish pastry)
· taquito (deep-fried corn tortilla)
· kleftiko (Greek dish of slow-cooked lamb)
· Eton mess (British dessert "consisting of whipped cream, pieces of meringue, and fruit")
· doughnut hole [!!]
· California roll (maki roll containing cucumber, imitation crab, and avocado)
· flat white (Aussie English for a style of espresso drink with finely textured foamed milk)

Apparently, the OED now acknowledges the ten- (or three-, five- etc.) second rule ("which allows for the eating of a delicious morsel that has fallen to the floor, provided that it is retrieved within the specified period of time") and the fashion-related definition of a muffin top. The OED editors are a bunch of hep cats!

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