By Jessica Derschowitz
Updated October 06, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Hoverboards just officially became real.

Well, if we’re getting technical, the contraption Marty McFly rode in Back to the Future Part II still hasn’t arrived (though Lexus is testing a prototype, and there’s a way to build your own replica), but the word itself has now made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary.

The OED added “hoverboard” in the most recent of its quarterly updates of words, phrases, and senses (“telly,” “water baby,” and “do you feel me?” also made the September 2015 cut). Its official definition is: “A board, resembling a skateboard without wheels, which hovers above the ground and may be ridden like a skateboard.”

Hoverboard’s linguistic legitimacy comes as the first Back to the Future film celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and just ahead of the date Marty traveled to in the future in Part II (that would be Oct. 21, 2015). Other than using hoverboard in a sentence or a Scrabble game, fans can celebrate by getting bottles of Pepsi Perfect, watching the trailer for Jaws 19 or catching one of the upcoming BTTF special anniversary screenings.

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