Retweet, sexting enter Oxford English Dictionary
LONDON (AP) — Woot! The online expression of enthusiasm is now in the dictionary. So are textspeak, sexting — and, less happily, cyberbullying.
They are among 400 new entries in the 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, published this month.
Also making the cut is retweet — to repost another Twitter user's message.
Editor Angus Stevenson revealed the new entries in a blog post Thursday.
Unlike the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, the concise edition was founded to include modern and slang terms as they enter common use. Its first edition in 1911 included the then-new words aeroplane, motorist and flapper.
Stevenson said the new additions "are just carrying on the tradition of a dictionary that has always sought to be progressive and up to date."