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‘Bro-Country’ Could End Up in the Dictionary

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In recent years, stars like Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan have ushered in a new, fresh style of country music known as “bro-country.” The classification covers the mainstream fusion of rock, pop and country, and the musical style signals a strong departure from more traditional country — something that doesn’t sit well with every listener.

The jury is still out on whether bro-country is a passing fad or the future of country music, but the phrase is forever in ink, as the term “bro-country” was just recognized by Cambridge Dictionary’s New Word blog. According to the staff, words are featured on their New Word blog if they have “been observed recently in written or spoken English by one of our staff or a special team employed to monitor the language for such neologisms, or new words.”

In other words, bro-country hasn’t been officially added to the English language, but it has been recognized as a new word.

Cambridge defines bro-country as, “A sub-genre of country music sung by young white men, featuring songs with macho themes such as trucks, drinking and partying.” Cambridge does not officially add words to the dictionary unless they have demonstrated staying power.

Writer Jody Rosen coined the phrase in a 2013 issue of New York Magazine in which he likened the term to music being sung by a “tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American white dude.”

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