Oxford University Press have just announced the latest quarterly update to Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO), its free online dictionary of current English.
As part of this update they have highlighted a selection of 44 additional words which we have categorised, in particular, into Technology and Social Media usage. On the one hand, arguably many of the abbreviations are Social Media driven, and on the other hand, certain of our Technology classifications are also abbreviations, combinations, fashion etc etc.
We calculate that 30% (13) of their selected words are digitalia derived. (our definition of the d word is Digitalia n.: everything or anything involving or relating to the use of computer technology.)
Here are the ODO’s definition of the thirteen words with a little (hopefully helpful) addition for them in italics concerning MOOC:
- bitcoin, n.: a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.
- buzzworthy, adj. (informal): likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public, either by media coverage or word of mouth.
- BYOD, n.: abbreviation of ‘bring your own device’: the practice of allowing the employees of an organization to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes.
- click and collect, n.: a shopping facility whereby a customer can buy or order goods from a store’s website and collect them from a local branch.
- digital detox, n.: a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.
- emoji, n: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.
- FOMO, n.: fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.
- geek chic, n.: the dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable.
- hackerspace, n.: a place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.
- Internet of things, n.: a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.
- MOOC, n. : abbreviation of ‘massive open online course’: a course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people.
- phablet, n.: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.
- 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.
So there you have it then – if you really must find out what twerk(ing) and the remaining thirty involve then simply dash on over to the ODO blog/press release!