Twerk, selfie and Bitcoin added to Oxford Dictionary
Several digital words that have budged into our everyday lexicon have been added to the Oxford dictionary.
Well, not the printed dictionary yet...it’s not like they can just quickly print an updated version. But the Oxford University Press, which is behind the Oxford English Dictionary, is adding several new words to the online dictionary.
One of the words being added is something you’ve heard used a lot since Sunday, when Miley Cyrus stunned the world as she performed at the MTV Video Music Awards and twerked on stage. So, if you’re wondering what that is:
They’re also adding phablet – a device that’s a hybrid in size between a phone and a tablet.
What are all of these photos taken by people on their own phones, with the camera turned toward their face?
Selfie - a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
If you’re well aware of what a phablet is, how to twerk it, how to snap a selfie, and what a bitcoin is (a digital currency for anonymous transactions), then perhaps it’s time for this noun.
Digital detox - a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.
You can see the full list of words added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online.
Do you think there’s a word that shouldn’t be in the dictionary? Or did they miss something? Leave a comment below...- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets