Aug 19, 2011

Cyberbullying, Sexting 400 new words added defined by Oxford Dictionary in its 12th edition of concise Oxford English Dictionary

Cyberbullying, Sexting 400 new words added defined by Oxford Dictionary in its 12th edition of concise Oxford English Dictionary

In 1911 the first edition of Oxford dictionary was published.

Angus Stevenson is the editor of the new, twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.

Now this month heralds the publication of the centenary edition: the new 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary added new 400 words or entries to name few entries are cyberbullying, domestic goddess, gastric band, sexting, slow food, and textspeak.

Angus Stevenson, the dictionary's editor, said: "its how the dictionary has always worked - we get as much evidence as we can so we know it's not just a small number of people using the word and it's not going to disappear.

"There's no official panel of cabinet ministers for new words or anything like that," he told Channel 4 News.

The new words were selected after being entered into a database of 2 billion words drawn from contemporary websites and texts to prove their ubiquity.

The dictionary keeps adding new words

many times meaning of the word also keeps changing with times.

For example in 12th edition the meaning for word follower is given as follows –

Follower means Someone who is tracking a particular person, group, etc. on a social networking site.

Friend – the primary meaning has not changed but the new added meaning is ‘a contact on a social networking website’, while the first edition had ‘person who acts for one, e.g. as second in duel’.

Some of the new definitions now available include:

1. Cyberbullying (noun): The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature: children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying

2. Woot (exclamation, informal): Used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph: I definitely get Fridays off, woot!

3. Retweet (verb): (On the social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user): tweet the URL of your posting: people love to retweet job ads. Also: (noun) a reposted or forwarded message on Twitter: traffic spiked quickly and contained a mix of retweets and original posts

4. Sexting (noun, informal): The sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone: like it or not, sexting is part of growing up in 2010

5. Textspeak (noun): Language regarded as characteristic of text messages, consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons, etc.

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