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.