Bogans get to Oxford

THEY have been around for decades, wearing a mullet, black jeans and listening to heavy metal, and now the Oxford English Dictionary officially recognises bogans.

The word bogan has been included in the dictionary's list of new word entries for June, sandwiched between bling and bustler.

The Oxford, generally regarded as the definitive record of the English language, defines a bogan as an Australian and New Zealand colloquial deprecatory term ''for unfashionable, uncouth, or unsophisticated person, especially of low social status''.

The origin of the word is unclear, but Australia takes the credit. The Australian National University says the term became widespread after it was used in the late 1980s by the fictitious schoolgirl Kylie Mole in the television series The Comedy Company.

Last year the University of Auckland linguistic students had a light-hearted look at what defined a bogan.

Younger respondents had a very clear and distinct image of bogans - mullet hair and black singlets for the men, boots and miniskirts for the women.

They were also seen as petrolheads driving Holden Commodores.