Oxford English Dictionary updates every three months, and this month includes a significant number of te reo Māori words. Forty-seven new New Zealand words have been added to the dictionary, including ‘hooning,’ (noun) ‘The action or practice of engaging in antisocial, aggressive, or irresponsible behaviour considered typical of a hoon.’ and ‘chur,’ (interjection) ‘Used to express good wishes on meeting or departing, or to express thanks, approval, etc.: ‘cheers!’ They will grace the pages of the dictionary alongside other new additions such as ‘deepfake,’ ‘groomzilla,’ ‘balls-deep’ and ‘chonky.’ However, most of the words in the latest update are borrowings from te reo Māori.
Mātanga Reo Paraone Gloyne said that he often hears non-Māori slipping te reo words into their speech. ‘