"Selfie","twerk" and "phablet" were added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Also words such as "digital detox", "emoji" and "unlike" with a whole new meaning. According to Reuters on August 28, 2013, spokeswoman Katherine Connor Martin said that these words and about 996 others were added to reflect the rising importance of technology and social media in use today.
She said the word "twerk" has been around for 20 years but has generated enough evidence of usage to be added to its online dictionaries with U.S. pop star Miley Cyrus hitting headlines this week for "twerking" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
A "selfie" is when you take a picture of yourself with your phone, by the way. And "twerking" is a now popular sexually provocative dance move. "Digital detox' is becoming popular with those who wish to break free from the regular use of social media for a while. An "emoji' or emoticon is a smiley face or other keyboard inspired image used to enhance texts and other digital messages. To "unlike' is to show disapproval for something online, originally used in Facebook. Oh, and "phablet" is a larger screen smartphone which approaches a tablet in size, but not quite.
The addition of new terms such as "selfie" and others is an annual event for the Oxford folks. They watch and track possible new word additions each year and choose the ones they deem most deserving.
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