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Thursday, 23 August 2012
OXFORD DICTIONARY INTRODUCES TWO NEW WORDS
Hey, tweeps. Done any photobombing lately? You know, while you lifecasted your date night with that ripped Wikipedian; he said he was an ethical hacker, but turned out to be a douche who just wanted to talk vajazzling. Totes ridic, right? Lolz.
If every word in the above paragraph makes sense, congratulations: You’re on the cutting edge of the English language, according to the Oxford Dictionaries Online.
This Internet-based sibling to the storied Oxford English Dictionary released its latest batch of new words Thursday, and it’s a doozy. In addition to the above, you can now officially use “dogfooding” (the act of testing your own software) and “inboxing” (sending any sort of private message) as verbs.
UX, UI and NFC were all high-tech jargon yesterday; they’re Oxford-approved today. Plenty of the latest intake seem long overdue for inclusion. Who knew that “group hug,” “guilty pleasure” and “soul patch” weren’t official phrases already? Others seem incomplete: “OH” makes the cut as an acronym for “other half”, but its more common Twitter usage — “overheard” — doesn’t rate a mention.
The most ridic new word? No, it’s not ridic, another long overdue inclusion that can actually trace its lineage back to the 1920s. It’s the laugh of an evil henchman: “mwahahaha.” Who got to decide how many “ha”s are in the word? Or that it starts with an “m” rather than a “b”? Evil doesn’t take kindly to being restricted by frickin’ dictionaries.
Should these words have been admitted into the dictionary? What other modern-day terms should they include? Give us your hat-tips (another new phrase) in the comments.