The Oxford English Dictionary, the premier standard of the English language, has welcomed some new techy terms into its pages, The Telegraph reported Friday.
Retweet, sexting and cyberbullying have all made the cut to be included in the venerable volume, as have textspeak and woot.
So now it’s completely OED-sanctioned to say, “Woot! Many people have retweeted my message warning about sexting and cyberbullying...though they’ve had to use textspeak to make it fit in 140 characters.”
(Note: That was way harder than I thought it would be.)
Here’s a rundown of the official definitions:
- Cyberbullying (noun): The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature: children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying
- Woot (exclamation, informal): Used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph: I definitely get Fridays off, woot!
- Retweet (verb): (On the social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user): tweet the URL of your posting: people love to retweet job ads. Also: (noun) a reposted or forwarded message on Twitter: traffic spiked quickly and contained a mix of retweets and original posts
- Sexting (noun, informal):The sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone: like it or not, sexting is part of growing up in 2010
- Textspeak (noun): Language regarded as characteristic of text messages, consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons, etc.