The Concise Oxford English Dictionary has announced several new words into its latest edition and among them are 21st century tech colloquialisms.
Among the new words in the Oxford Dictionary are retweet, cyberbullying and sexting. There are 400 new entries in the latest edition, which includes 240,000 words, phrases, and definitions.
Sexting has been made famous thanks to various scandals, including one that involved retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre and another involved New York congressman Anthony Weiner. According to Oxford, it is the act of sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone.
Cyberbullying has made the news thanks to several news stories about deaths that have been caused by bullying on the web. There have been campaigns on the web to stop cyberbullying, which is defined as using electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
Retweeting is the act of reposting or forwarding a message on Twitter.
The current version of the Oxford English Dictionary was first published since 1989. The original version dates back to the late 19th century.
Here are some of the new words.
cyberbullying: n. the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
denialist: n. a person who refuses to admit the truth of a concept or proposition that is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence.
domestic goddess: n. informal a woman with exceptional domestic skills, especially cookery.
jeggings: pl. n. tight-fitting stretch trousers for women, styled to resemble a pair of denim jeans.
mankini: n. (pl. mankinis) a brief one-piece bathing garment for men, with a T-back.
retweet: v. (on the social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user). n. a reposted or forwarded message on Twitter.
sexting: n. informal the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone.
slow food: n. food that is carefully produced or prepared in accordance with local culinary traditions.
upcycle: v. reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.
woot: exclam. informal (especially in electronic communication) used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph.