Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Miley Cyrus adds the word "twerk" to Oxford Dictionaries with her sexy dance!

If you still remember I have posted about ODO adding the word "tweet" and "twitter" to the online dictionary last month [read it here]. And now, yes the word "twerk" is being added to Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO).

Cyrus' dance was among the new words related to technology and social media that were added to the dictionary, joining another popular related social networking words. The dictionary's official definition of twerk is: "Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance." As example sentences, Oxford Dictionaries lists "Just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song" and "Twerk it girl, work it girl." The term originated in the 90's, according to the new entry.

If you are still confused about the word "twerk" watch the below video!

The most relevant addition to the dictionary for Quartz readers is probably "phablet," a portmantea of "phone" and "tablet" used to describe oversized smartphones. 

I seriously don't know what else is on the list, so many crazy words are being added to the ODO, do we really want our children to learn the wrong English? Here are some definitions of other words, acronyms and phrases added to ODO:

  • Selfie: "A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to social media website."
  • Digital detox: "A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world."
  • Bitcoin: "A digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank."
  • BYOD: "Abbreviation of 'bring your own device': the practice of allowing the employees of an organization to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes."
  • Emoji: "A small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication."
  • FOMO: "Fear of missing out: Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website."
  • Click and collect: "A shopping facility whereby a customer can buy or order goods from a store's website and collect them from a local branch."
  • Geek chic: "The dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable."
  • Hackersapce: "A place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge."
  • Internet of things: "A proposed development of the internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data."
  • MOOC: "A course of study made available over the internet without charge to a very large number of people."
  • Srsly: "Short for 'seriously'."
  • TL;DR: "'Too long didn't read': Used as a dismassive response to a lengthy online post, or to introduce a summary of a legnthy post."

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