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Friday, August 24, 2012

Oxford Updates Online Dictionary With Words That Would Make Jonathan Swift Cringe

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM

click to enlarge Photobomb circa 2011
  • Photobomb circa 2011

The Oxford English Dictionary rarely makes news, but it's added slew of new words and phrases is just too ridic to not write about here.

As we perused the list of chosen words, we noticed that some of the additions were tech-based, while others were nothing more than slang gone way too far.

In a weird way, the words showed the two extremes of the younger English generation: there are the tech geeks, hackers, and Internet geniuses who innovate when they're not too busy doing Star Trek reenactments, and there are those who use social media to post pictures of themselves that no one wants to see.

But at the very least, adding these words to the dictionary can help us youngsters explain to our elders what we mean when we use words like "mmk," "tweep," "totes," and "vajazzle."

So here they are -- the latest crop of words. How many of them make you say WTF?

  • Lolz -- You type this when you think something's funny, but usually not funny enough to actually laugh about it. Actual translation: Laughing out loud.
  • Mwahahaha -- We're pretty sure Dracula invented this one.
  • Photobomb -- When some punk jumps and ruins a picture you're taking.
  • Hackathon -- Where hundreds of tech geeks converge to program for 24-hour-long periods to produce a new tech product.
  • Inbox (Where were you in the '80s, OED?) -- That's where your new e-mail is stored.
  • UX -- User Experience, or the way a product makes a user feel.
  • Dirty Martini -- If you know who Lindsey Lohan is then you know what this is.
  • Douche -- Think Pauly D or The Situation
  • Guilty Pleasure -- No explanation needed
  • Vajazzle -- You can look that one up on your own time.

Maybe some of these words shouldn't have made the jump from Urban Dictionary to the Oxford English Dictionary, because let's face it, how many of them can you read with a British accent (how the OED is read) without losing the effect?

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