Woot! Oxford English Dictionary adds 400 new words

The Oxford English Dictionary has just added 400 new words to their official list. The 400 new words now put the dictionary over 240,000 words, as spotted by Mashable.com

Last year Oxford introduced a number of abbreviated words like "LOL", "FYI", "OMG", and even a non-acronymic ♥. This year, Oxford has added the words "Woot", "Sexting", "Cyberbullying", "Retweet", "Follower", and a lot more. The addition only further proves the affects social networking and media have on us.

Now that the Oxford English Dictionary has officially added the likes of "woot" and "retweet" -- where someone shares a 'tweet' with their followers -- it raises the question what will they add next? As the Internet continues to pump out something new each day, such as a meme, viral video or even new abbreviations, we could see this making a big impact on our language. OED defines the word Follower as, 'someone who is tracking a particular person, group, etc. on a social networking site'.

The new words will be added to the 12th edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Next year we might see some new additions like "lulz" or even see OED redefine the word "anon."

 

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What if some of these new words become quickly obsolete, outmoded, as this is likely in our era of lightning fashion? I think this has never been more the times of ephemeral ideas, concepts, words.

KeyWest said,
What if some of these new words become quickly obsolete, outmoded, as this is likely in our era of lightning fashion? I think this has never been more the times of ephemeral ideas, concepts, words.

To be fair, the English language has an abundance of words which, through time, have been made redundant. See Shakespeare's era for examples of this.

KeyWest said,
What if some of these new words become quickly obsolete, outmoded, as this is likely in our era of lightning fashion? I think this has never been more the times of ephemeral ideas, concepts, words.

Then they will get removed from the dictionary, happens every year.

On what Regression_88 said, technically this means you can use these words in essays and even in job interviews as they are not "slang" anymore...

htcz said,
On what Regression_88 said, technically this means you can use these words in essays and even in job interviews as they are not "slang" anymore...

Even "higher level" compositions....
I can see it now on a thesis: "I came upon this theory when a professer 'wooted' a 'retweet' from ...."

* - "professer" intentionally spelled incorrectly.

htcz said,
On what Regression_88 said, technically this means you can use these words in essays and even in job interviews as they are not "slang" anymore...

They're still slang, slang still goes into the dictionary, they're just noted as being common language now.

Kushan said,
They're still slang, slang still goes into the dictionary, they're just noted as being common language now.

Indeed. The existence of something in the dictionary does not imply appropriateness. You know, like how anatomical words and swear words aren't generally appropriate.

I have not touched my dictionery for a long time, all I need is to type the word in google, it doesn't matter even if I spelled wrong.

FaiKee said,
I have not touched my dictionery for a long time, all I need is to type the word in google, it doesn't matter even if I spelled wrong.

That's the reason behind you not even being able to spell dictionary.

FaiKee said,
LOL, next time I'll type the sentence in Word then paste it here.

Even I am willing to admit that's a bad idea. Just because programs can handle spell-check doesn't mean they are always correct.

Mountain Dew said,

Even I am willing to admit that's a bad idea. Just because programs can handle spell-check doesn't mean they are always correct.

There certainly not perfect. An even when they do get it Wright, yew might be surprised at how wrong they our.

Kushan said,

There certainly not perfect. An even when they do get it Wright, yew might be surprised at how wrong they our.

Well Word will grammary correct (blue underline) yew and our. yew it will only give you as the alternative, our it will give ours and are. after you fix them it will green underline the whole thing with a fragment error.

so it would have made it a lot better

FaiKee said,
I have not touched my dictionery for a long time, all I need is to type the word in google, it doesn't matter even if I spelled wrong.

Copy to Word?

2011 and you're using a browser that doesn't have spell check? What browser are you using?

McKay said,
They added "Follower"? Why would that have not been in there before?

I was just thinking the exact same thing.

McKay said,
They added "Follower"? Why would that have not been in there before?

I think "Follower" in a technical way - like someone who follows someone on a social network on Internet can be called a "follower"!

FMH said,
Waiting for Bing( as a verb)!
And "Neowining".

haha, think you will be waiting a while for the first! Can't really imagine the day people will say... "ooh, let me just Bing that..."

r3stle55 said,

haha, think you will be waiting a while for the first! Can't really imagine the day people will say... "ooh, let me just Bing that..."

Considering 1/3 of internet searches are powered by Bing (you have to include Yahoo & English searches on Baidu) it'll happen sooner than you think. I already say it.

Mountain Dew said,

Considering 1/3 of internet searches are powered by Bing (you have to include Yahoo & English searches on Baidu) it'll happen sooner than you think. I already say it.

I have never heard anyone use the term "Bing" to mean anything other than the search engine. I hear people saying "google it!" all the time, though.

Kushan said,

I have never heard anyone use the term "Bing" to mean anything other than the search engine. I hear people saying "google it!" all the time, though.


I do use Bing as a verb, because I have been using it for quite sometime now. And also know one other person who says Bing this, Bing that! And I was the one who converted him.

r3stle55 said,

haha, think you will be waiting a while for the first! Can't really imagine the day people will say... "ooh, let me just Bing that..."

I heard that on the radio the other day actually. They were saying how much better it sounds saying "Bing it", then "Google it"

Microsoft have been pushing it for a while, it's not really catching on (kinda like their search engine).

For me, it just reminds me of Friends (which was a bad show, so it provokes a negative response for me)

The_Decryptor said,
Microsoft have been pushing it for a while, it's not really catching on (kinda like their search engine).

For me, it just reminds me of Friends (which was a bad show, so it provokes a negative response for me)


It reminds me of Friends, too, but that show is awesome. It reminds me of when Chandler and Monica get married and he's worried about being the "Bings"

The_Decryptor said,
Microsoft have been pushing it for a while, it's not really catching on (kinda like their search engine).

For me, it just reminds me of Friends (which was a bad show, so it provokes a negative response for me)


Well, lets wait for Xbox's Bing integration, and then million's of people will be saying "Xbox Bing this!".
( And I thought everybody loved Friends!)

Undefineed said,
next they'll be adding "trolling" cuz that would be absolutely epic!
incidentally, I don't think "cuz" is to be found in any dictionary.