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Retweet Makes Its Way into the Oxford English Dictionary


I was just mentioning yesterday how  Facebooking and Tweeting are on dictionary.com. News broke today that the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has added 400 new words to its dictionary, one being retweet.

Retweet, the act of sharing tweets of those you follow, is common practice on Twitter. Retweeting began back in 2008 and in August 2009, Twitter officially started integrating the Retweet button in the platform. In August 2010, an official “Tweet button” was released for use on external sites.

Oxford University Press’s Angus Stevenson wrote a blog post about this 12th edition of the Oxford English Dictionary and how Generation Y has opened the door to some colorful vocabulary.

He wrote, “Sadly, the new edition has no room for tremendous words like brabble ‘paltry noisy quarrel’ and growlery ‘place to growl in, private room, den’ – what we might call a man cave these days. But the preoccupations of today’s Generation Y  have opened the door to some equally colourful vocabulary – how about momo, noob, nurdle, and woot?”

Woot made it in? I won’t comment on my issue with that word.

Other words that have been included, which you may find interesting, are sexting, cyberbullying and mankini. (I had to throw that last one in there.)

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary now has more than 240,000 words. Are there any words you think should make it in during the next update?

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