Phablet, Bitcoin, Unlike, Selfie and Derp All Added To Oxford English Dictionary

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The Oxford Dictionary frequently adds new words to its online dictionary as it is possible to update this more frequently than the paper version. The new words that are added are often indicative of current social and internet trends and this year certainly looks to be no different. The majority of the new additions can be derived from their online origins although some of them just reflect growing social trends.

The August 2013 update reads:

“Picture this. You’ve just uploaded a selfie to your favourite social media website using your phablet when your FIL (that’s your father-in-law) shares asupercut of a srsly mortifying twerking session. You immediately unlike his page because there isn’t an emoji capable of expressing your desire to vom:apols, but it’s time for a digital detox. Research by the Oxford Dictionaries team shows that these terms have been absorbed by popular culture, hence their inclusion in the latest ODO update.”

Other added words include Internet of things, hackerspace, TL;DR, derp, food baby, omnishambles and FOMO. Check the full update right here.

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  • d6bmg

    Some of those words are need to be added in the dictionary, but some of them are pretty useless.

  • Wayne

    Proper English is a dying language. Sometimes it sounds to me as if people are speaking in code and the only words I recognise is the profanity.