The Oxford Dictionary's new colourful words

12:40 AM

 
Wise words
And now for a list of words, acronyms and phrases added to Oxford Dictionaries Online (it's only appropriate this week we start with a twerk (don't even get me started). But before I do, I'd like to suggest another couple (I can't take credit, I recently overhead these in conversation) they so need to be added to common vernacular because they are two of the most cleansing and secretly enjoyable experiences known to (wo)man.
Crive: to cry when you are driving
Crower: to cry in the shower
Here are the official new dictionary inclusions: 
  • Twerk: "Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance
  • Selfie: "A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."
  • 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."
  • Bitcoin: "A digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank."
  • BYOD: "Abbreviation of ‘bring your own device’: the practice of allowing the employees of an organization to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes."
  • Emoji: "A small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication."
  • FOMO: "Fear of missing out: Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website."
  • Click and collect: "A shopping facility whereby a customer can buy or order goods from a store’s website and collect them from a local branch."
  • Geek chic: "The dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable."
  • Hackerspace: "A place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge."
  • Internet of things: "A proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data."
  • MOOC: "A course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people."
  • Phablet: "A smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer."
  • Srsly: "Short for ‘seriously.’"
  • TL;DR: "‘Too long didn’t read’: Used as a dismissive response to a lengthy online post, or to introduce a summary of a lengthy post."
    I think there's a little something there for all of us.

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