Selfie, Twerking: Oxford Dictionary Adds New Terms


“Selfie” and “twerking” are among the Oxford English Dictionary’s newly added terms, meaning that whichever way you feel about these controversially casual new words, they’re here to stay.

Selfie and twerking are Oxford’s latest entries, but far from the only new slang terms added to the reference tome. Along with the words, “phablet,” “FOMO,” and “digital detox” are all creeping in to grace our list of words it’s okay to officially use as per the people who make these sorts of decisions. 

Oxford’s inclusion of selfie, supercut, twerking, and other neologisms was announced in a blog post in which the dictionary explained:

 “Picture this. You’ve just uploaded a selfie to your favourite social media website using your phablet when your FIL (that’s your father-in-law) shares a supercut of a srsly mortifying twerking session. You immediately unlike his page because there isn’t an emoji capable of expressing your desire to vom: apols, but it’s time for a digital detox. 

Research by the Oxford Dictionaries team shows that these terms have been absorbed by popular culture, hence their inclusion in the latest ODO update.” 

The full list of terms on which selfie and twerking appear from Oxford includes: 
apols 
A/W 
babymoon 
balayage 
bitcoin 
blondie
 buzzworthy 
BYOD 
cakepop
 chandelier earring 
click and collect 
dappy 
derp 
digital detox 
double denim 
emoji 
fauxhawk 
FIL 
flatform 
FOMO
 food baby 
geek chic
 girl crush 
grats 
guac 
hackerspace
 Internet of things
 jorts 
LDR 
me time 
MOOC 
omnishambles
 pear
 cider
 phablet
 pixie cut 
selfie
 space tourism 
squee
 srsly 
street food 
TL;DR
 twerk 
unlike
 vom



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