"Road rage" made it. So did "reality check" and "LOL," the e-mail abbreviation for "laughing out loud."

It's okay to say "snuck" instead of "sneaked." And a "barn burner" is a "very exciting event."

Language purists may groan, but researchers at Oxford University Press, creators of the authoritative multivolume Oxford English Dictionary, insist it's time to welcome such new phrases and words into the English language.

The New Oxford Dictionary of English, published Thursday, does just that, adding 2,000 words that have entered the language since the 1970s.

The 350,000-word dictionary is the first written from scratch by Oxford lexicographers in 70 years.

A team of 30 editors and 60 consultants from throughout the world spent six years and $5 million compiling the book. They looked at every word, and fed 20 years' worth of written material into a computer system for analysis. That material could be scanned in seconds to list a word's different meanings.

"What this shows is how the words are really used, not just their formal meanings," Oxford Press spokeswoman Helen McManners said Wednesday.

The results are both new words and new twists on old words, springing from pop culture, sports, politics, food and computing.

The North American "pot pie" makes an entrance; a "Blairite" is a follower of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Even the much-feared "millennium bug" computer problem is included. The "full monty" is also in.

To want the "full monty," from the title of a recent British comedy film, means to want the full amount (total nudity, in the case of the movie), while "road rage" is a violent anger attributed to the stress and frustration of driving in heavy traffic.

In addition to new meanings, the word listings offer advice about when to use a word, warnings about common misspellings and tips about changing pronunciations.

Political correctness is also addressed. The dictionary says "black," "white" and "person of color" are fine. But "poetess" and "authoress" are sexist and patronizing, so use "poet" and "author" instead.

Another dictionary appearing this month taps into 1990s culture, overlapping in some cases with the new Oxford University Press offering.

The Chambers Dictionary has been revised to include 8,000 words and meanings that have appeared in the English language in the past five years.

It defines "mouse potato" as someone who spends considerable time on a computer, and "go ballistic" as becoming violently angry.

And beware if someone calls you a "saddo," pronounced which pops up in both books. That means you're a dull or inadequate person.