Turkish simit wins a place in Oxford English Dictionary

Often described as a Turkish bagel, simit is a breakfast staple in Turkey.

    Simit was among several new food and drink terms listed in the dictionary's October update [File: Getty]
    Simit was among several new food and drink terms listed in the dictionary's October update [File: Getty]

    The Turkish word "simit" has entered the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), prompting celebrations on social media as well as calls for a new emoji to represent the circular-shaped bread. 

    The OED, in its October update, defined simit as "a type of ring-shaped bread roll originating in Turkey, typically coated with molasses and encrusted with sesame seeds before baking". 

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    Typically encrusted with sesame seeds and known as Turkish bagel, simit is a breakfast staple in Turkey.

    It is often paired with olives, cheese and tea. 

    Vedat Milor, a prominent food critic in Turkey, said simit's OED listing was "good for the nation". 

    Others called for a new emoji to be developed. 

    Simit was among several food and drink terms listed in the OED's October update. 

    Other additions include:

    Arancini - Italian stuffed rice balls

    Goetta - a German sausage of meat and oatmeal typically served in fried slices for breakfast

    Poke - a Hawaiian dish of marinated fish or other seafood, served over rice

    The OED is one of the largest dictionaries in the world and dates back 150 years. It adds about 1,000 new entries to its online version every year.

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