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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 08:54

Oxford Dictionary learns how to tweet

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The Oxford English Dictionary received a techy boost today, adding 'live-blogging', 'crowdsourcing' and 'tweeting' to its collection of words.

The dictionary today released a list of words that are being officially added into the English language, including some tech-oriented colloquialisms.

Words like 'live-blogging,' 'crowdsourcing', 'mouseover' and 'streaming' have been added to the 2013 edition, although, controversially, the dictionary is breaking its own rule that a word must be "current for ten years" before it can be included into the dictionary.

While someone may have legitimately been live-blogging in 2003, no-one was tweeting, as Twitter didn't launch until 2006.

In 2011 the dictionary controversially removed 'cassette tape' from its list.

Other words added to the dictionary include 'flash mob' and 'geekery,' along with 'handy-dandy,' 'heart-stopping' and 'mani-pedi.'

Surely the art of flash mobbing died years ago, but not according to Oxford.

Over 1,200 new words have been added to the dictionary this year for a total of more than 823,000 entries.

A full list of new words added in June 2013 can be found on a post on the dictionary's website.


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