First I'd like to make a formal apology to the ghosts of William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, Noah Webster, George and Charles Merriam, and Ambrose Bierce: We're sorry for what we've done to your language. Please forgive us.
The Oxford Dictionaries Online has announced new
editions additions to its roster for 2013. At least a quarter of them come straight out of Geekville, either from common use online or via SMS texting.
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The ODO is not to be confused with the Oxford English Dictionary, the official keeper of English words. If the OED is your blue-haired dowager aunt, the ODO is more like your gratuitously tattooed teenage niece. It's really a G-rated version of various urban dictionaries that abound across the Webbernets (sadly, a word that is not in the ODO). Still, it's a stepping stone to official sanction in the OED.
Siraj Datoo at Quartz has the full lineup of new verbiage, along with their definitions. Thanks to Miley Cyrus, even your grandmother probably knows what "twerk" now means ("dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance"). Now we'll do our best to try and wipe that image from our minds.
Geek grammar police
Here are some of the more egregious geek-inspired entries:
Phablet. Yes, the unholy marriage of "tablet" and "phone" has been officially anointed, despite my many loud protestations. (So far, though, stablets, fliplets, and snaplets have yet to make an appearance in the ODO.)