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MacGyver Makes the Oxford Dictionary

 August 28, 2015


In their latest release of new words, MacGyver has finally made the cut and been added to the Oxford Dictionary as a verb meaning "making or repairing (an object) in an improvised or inventive way".

For years it has been claimed that MacGyver was a verb found in "all major dictionaries", however anyone who has ever tried to find it will tell you it just isn't so. Until now the word hasn't been in any of the major dictionaries, including online ones, yet in spite of this the claim has continued to be made.

The dictionary lists the word as being a US Informal verb and shows it's origin as being from "the lead character in the television series MacGyver (1985 – 1992), who often made or repaired objects in an improvised way."

Now that the word is officially listed in the Oxford Dictionary it will be interesting to see how long other dictionaries take to follow suit in adding to their lists.



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