New Words Added To Dictionary in 2010 Gets Tech Oriented

December 19th, 2010 - 8:44 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
oxforddictionaryDec 19, (THAINDIAN NEWS) With the extensive use of mobile messaging and emailing, certain new words have become an integral part of our life, although they made no sense during the colloquial period. Therefore, the Oxford English Dictionary, which is considered as the “accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium” have happily incorporated several new words in its dictionary, which are now more relevant to our daily life.

Some of the new words that has been incorporated in the latest edition of the OED are “Catastrophizing”, that means viewing or presenting a situation as worse as it actually is. “LBD” is yet another word which probably makes no meaning for an ordinary person, but the girls would be happy to know that they need not spell the “Little Black Dress” anymore. “Frenemy” is a common word that was not incorporated so far, but now it is. “Cool hunter” refers to a person, who makes observations or predictions about new trends and styles. “Bromance” refers to a close but non sexual relationship between two men. “Defriend” is a term that is widely used by the netizens. It means deleting a person the one’s friend list. “Soft skills” is a new virtue of the technology industry, where someone is allowed to interact with another person at a professional level more harmoniously and effectively. “Overthink” means pondering over something for too long. “Chillax” is yet another word, that is generally used widely by the new generation. It signifies Chill and Relax together. The OED also incorporated the word “Netbook” in its pages.

The other words which are used, but could not yet make it to the dictionary are “Furgling”, which means fumbling in the pocket for keys, “Wurfing” meaning surfing the internet while working, “Earworm” which signifies a tune with a long lasting affect and “Nonversation” a meaningless or unnecessary conversation.

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