Today Oxford University Press announces the latest quarterly update to Oxford Dictionaries Online, its free online dictionary of current English. If vocabulary is your guilty pleasure, join us in a group hug to celebrate this diverse selection of new words. Genius!
Let’s set the scene. Your OH has decided it’s date night, and although he isn’t exactly ripped he has great emotional intelligence and made an effort with his new soul patch, so as a treat you decided to get vajazzled. Think that sounds ridic, or even douchey? Research from the Oxford Dictionaries team shows that these terms have made their way into common usage, hence their inclusion in the quarterly update of new words and meanings. Other additions inspired by contemporary culture include micropig, hosepipe ban, and e-cigarette.
The world of technology remains a major influence on the English language, with innovative advances reflected in new entries including NFC (near field communications), 3D printing, and e-learning. Social media also continues to shape language evolution: tweeps, video chat, lifecasting, and hat tip are among the latest words to make their Oxford dictionary debut, whilst acronyms regularly used online (from lolz to UI and UX) have also been recognized.
Head of Online Dictionaries Glynnis Keir provided the following takeaway: “The rich variety of new words from all manner of sources and levels of formality – popular culture, science, technology, politics, etc. – is striking in this update. I hope you enjoy our choices for inclusion: all carefully researched from evidence of the part these words, phrases, and acronyms currently play in our language. Oxford Dictionaries Online is an innovative free dictionary and language reference service and, with its regular updates, we aim to add more and more value to user experience.”
Via Charles Tiayon