Woot, Mankini, Sexting, Retweet In Oxford English Dictionary
Welcome to 2011 – a world in which ‘retweeting’, ‘cyberbullying’ and ‘sexting’ are now officially words.
The news comes with the release of the twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary and other new words are ‘woot’
(used in electronic communications to express elation, enthusiasm or
triumph) and “jeggings” (a cross between leggings and jeans).
There are 400 new words out of 240,000
technological and social inputs and trends are very present, as are
they did so in the first edition in 1911.
Then new words included ‘marconigram’ (a wireless message), ‘kinematograph’
(equipment that produces moving images) and “biplane” (an airplane with two
Now, “retweeting” (forwarding a message to Twitter), “sexting” (sending sexually explicit messages via mobile phone), and “cyberbullying” (using communications technology to intimidate or harass) are in the book.
‘Mankini’ – the men’s one-piece bikini popularized by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Borat – was also selected.
Henry and George Fowler, who were brothers, compiled the first edition in
their cottage in Guernsey.
The 1911 dictionary includes ‘blouse’ (then a
loose linen garment for a worker) and “robe” (monk’s robe). gossip was
described as “an indecent dance” while neon is defined as “a
atmospheric gas discovered”.