Manspreading, the masculine scourge of subway commuters, has inched closer toward becoming an official word.
It is now one of about 1,000 fashionable words that have been added to oxforddictionairies.com -- with company that includes "awesomesauce" "cat cafe," and "wine o'clock." But even though these words will be in the online database, it does not mean they will be a part of the official dictionary.
The Oxford Dictionary website describes the behavior as "the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats."
The MTA has tried to fight the behavior with a courtesy campaign.
"'Manspreading" may be in the Oxford dictionary, but we hope to take it out of the straphangers' dictionary," said agency spokesman Adam Lisberg.