“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:
click and collect
Internet of things
How do you feel about selfie and twerking in the Oxford reference material? Did the team skip over any important new words?