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'Sexting' is now part of the dictionary

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Aug 2011 20:17 User comments (3)

'Sexting' is now part of the dictionary The 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has added 400 new words, including such mainstays as "sexting," "woot," "jeggings" and "retweet."
Another notable entry is "cyberbullying" which has been used in the mainstream media for years now.

Each new word is selected after its ubiquity is proven via a database of over 2 billion words drawn from contemporary websites and texts.

Says the dictionary's editor Angus Stevenson:

It's how the dictionary has always worked - we get as much evidence as we can so we know it's not just a small number of people using the word and it's not going to disappear.

There's no official panel of cabinet ministers for new words or anything like that.

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3 user comments

120.8.2011 21:03

I put on my robe and wizard hat..

220.8.2011 23:05

This belongs only in urban dictionary...

320.8.2011 23:45

I now welcome the end of the world

Carpe Noctem

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