Derp and twerk are real words now. No srsly they really are, Oxford Online says so. In the continuing spirit of adding ridiculous, made-up internet words to the dictionary, Oxford Dictionaries Online is officially adding a new batch of real winners.
These are terms driven by social networking and a product of new movements in pop culture (and also incrementally ruining the English language as we once knew it).The latest entries include: selfie, phablet, twerk, derp, vom and bitcoin. To give you a quick idea of some past entries, Oxford has also accepted terms such as tweeping, lolz, and mwahahaha.
Oxford Dictionaries Online seems to take pride in keeping up with modern slang. Oxford is responsible for both the Oxford Dictionaries Online and the more well known Oxford English Dictionaries. As you would imagine, these changes are not being implemented into the English Dictionary. In fact, Oxford never removes words from that publication, no matter how out-dated and out of use they become.
Other new entries included srsly, squee and TL;DR.
You likely already know the meaning of most of these, but you can check out a quick sampling of Oxford's take below:
• phablet, n.: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.
• derp, exclam. & n. (informal): (used as a substitute for) speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action.
• twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.
• selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
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