Posted on 03/21/2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Last year, the Oxford English Dictionary requested submissions of regional slang and dialect in its Words Where You Are campaign.

And now, the editors have revealed some of the submissions to the public — and no matter where you hail from, you’ll find some delightful new English words to liven up your next party.

Some entries provide a tidy way to express a longer thought, such as “bidie-in” to refer to a person who lives with his or her partner in a non-marital relationship, or “sitooterie” to describe “a place in which to sit out.”

(Thank the Scots for both of those, by the way.)

Others are just fun to say: “chuddies” (India) for underpants; “dof” (South Africa) for someone stupid, ill-informed, or clueless.

Read more examples of regional English words or phrases in the Guardian and learn how to contribute to the Words Where You Are campaign on the OED’s website.

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