Yes, “mansplain” just got added to Oxford Dictionaries
If you're a woman who has engaged in debates about equality and feminism online, you've probably had something mansplained to you.
You might have even sarcastically replied to the unhelpful mansplainer, "Thanks for mansplaining that."
Now when the latest subject of your feminist ire responds, "What the hell is mansplaining?", you can point them to Oxford Dictionaries.
The online dictionary from the same publisher as the Oxford English Dictionary has added mansplain to its definitions.
In a blog post, the dictionary states:
There are plenty of informal terms in this update which often feature in online conversations, including mansplain, fratty, and neckbeard. Online discussion, so the stereotype goes, often dissolves into controversy and argument. There may be only limited truth to this popular belief, but our latest update certainly includes a number of terms from the world of insults and slanging matches, from hot mess and douchebaggery to throwing shade and side-eye. Thankfully these are offset by the addition of a few compliments as well.
Oxford defines mansplain as a verb: "(Of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing." Mansplaining and mansplainer are nouns, if you didn't know.
The dictionary describes the word's origins as "early 21st century: blend of man and explain". It offers a few examples of how to use it, including: "Apparently you can’t sell a second-hand car for as much as a new one. So glad he mansplained that to me."
In other news, Oxford also added pharmacovigilance and side boob.