The next time someone interrupts you to proclaim that “retweet” or “woot” aren’t actual words, laugh in his or her face and point to a copy of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.
Yes, one of the main authorities on the English language is officially acknowledging some of the silly terms we’ve been using lately.
The twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary includes over 400 new words — many of which are related to social media and technology. According to the folks behind the esteemed reference text, these additions “are just carrying on the tradition of a dictionary that has always sought to be progressive and up to date.”
So what will we be seeing in the new tome?
There will be definitions for terms like “noob,” “woot,” “cyberbullying,” “sexting,” and “textspeak” as well as additional meanings for the words “follower” and “friend.”
It’s worth noting that many of these words were added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online a while ago. That particular publication’s online version is updated roughly each month and should not be confused with the Concise Oxford Dictionary — for which revisions are deliberated a bit more slowly and carefully.
- ‘Sexting,’ ‘buttload’ and ‘nom nom’ added to dictionary
- ‘OMG,’ and ‘LOL’ added to the dictionary
- ‘NSFW,’ ‘ZOMG,’ and ‘Twittersphere’ added to dictionary