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Woot! Oxford English Dictionary adds cyberbullying, sexting. Retweet.

August 19, 2011 |  2:14 pm

Getprev For its 100th anniversary, the Oxford English Dictionary is proving it's still hip with the times by adding some tech-centric terms to its pages.

Cyberbullying, sexting, retweet, textspeak and woot have joined the ranks as real words, along with some 400 new entries the OED has added to its 12th edition.

"These additions are just carrying on the tradition of a dictionary that has always sought to be progressive and up to date," OED said in an online statement, describing itself as a word curator that had always "sought primarily to cover the language of its own time."

That includes kicking out some "tremendous" words that have fallen out of use, the OED regretfully noted, including brabble ("paltry noisy quarrel") and growlery ("place to growl in, private room, den -- what we might call a man cave these days").  

"But preoccupations of today's Generation Y have opened the door to some equally colourful vocabulary," the OED said. The dictionary had already added OMG, LOL and FYI to its pages earlier this year.

Among the new terms:


verb: (on a social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user)


noun: the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone


noun: the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature


exclamation: (especially in electronic communication) used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph


noun: language regarded as characteristic of text messages, consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons, etc...


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FYI, OMG enters Oxford English Dictionary. LOL.

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Photo: An Oxford English Dictionary. Credit: Caleb Jones / Associated Press