More like Oxford *mostly* English Dictionary.
The Chinese phrase 加油 jia you — literally, “add oil” — has just been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Or, well, there’s the “intention to publish in a future update.” Pretty much the same thing.
Jia you is a catch-all phrase of encouragement, which doesn’t quite have an exact equivalent in English. It’s somewhere between “keep going” and “you got this.”
Football game? Jia you. Finals week? Jia you. The final wing in a Wall of Fame spicy chicken wing eating contest? Jia you.
In tough times, we all have to add oil to keep our flames lit. But man, someone should tell that to these etymology researchers. Folks have been adding oil since long before 2005.
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