ODO New Words

It looks like Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) has added a whole collection of words into its database, including some of the most commonly used words in our lives, including “phablet”, “emoji”, “srsly”, “digital detox” and even “derp”.

The list goes on, ODO has added about 40 new words to its dictionary, making what was once thought of as internet slangs, official. I’m pretty sure you’re all aware of what these words means, but just in case, here are the meaning of some of the words:

  • FOMO, n.: fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interest event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.
  • food baby, n.: a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy.
  • hackerspace, n.: a place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.
  • selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
  • TL;DR, abbrev.: ‘too long didn’t read’: used as a dismissive response to a lengthy online post, or to introduce a summary of a lengthy post.
  • unlike, v.: withdraw one’s liking or approval of (a web page or posting on a social media website that one has previously liked).

Squee! Check the Oxford Dictionaries Online for the whole list.

(Source: PhoneArena, Oxford Dictionaries Online,  Quartz)

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