It’s official. The term ‘woke’ has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Singing the chorus to Childish Gambino’s Redbone now has even more meaning, literally.
Before the dictionary’s quarterly update in June, ‘woke’ was defined simply as being awake. The updated definition says the term, an adjective, also means: well-informed, up-to-date; alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice; frequently used in stay woke.
According to Katherine Martin, head of Oxford’s U.S. dictionaries, the earliest example of the phrase ‘stay woke’ was for an event in the 1920s called the “Stay Woke Ball” in Harlem, which ran from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Song lyrics from Erykah Badu’s Master Teacher also references the phrase.
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