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Oxford Dictionary Online adds the word "phablet", along with "selfie", "emoji", and "tl;dr"

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The Oxford Dictionary is often considered to be the standard bearer for the English language. A word just isn't a word until it makes it into the Oxford dictionary. Well, Oxford Dictionary Online (ODO) has announced a number of new entries into the dictionary, and a handful of them are ones that you are likely to see in our articles or comment threads quite often, including "phablet".

The full list can be found at the source, but the words that you're likely to see around here in our articles that have been added to the ODO are: phablet, selfie, emoji, bitcoin, Internet of things, and geek chic. If you wander into our comment threads, you may also see newly added words like: derp, tl;dr, srsly, digital detox, grats, or jorts (we know you guys love jorts). 

These are all words and terms that have apparently come into general usage, which means they get added to the dictionary. So, since srsly and tl;dr are now in the dictionary, we can officially say that you don't need to know how to read or write in order to be accepted by Oxford. Hurray for language evolution!

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posted on 27 Aug 2013, 18:41 2

1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Great™

That is a cool

Galaxy Note= Phablet.

Even I
Phaplet word is on the Samsung Nexus Keyboard
®

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 18:55 2

2. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I must disagree
To make a proper haiku
Use fewer lines, words

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 19:34 1

3. Planterz (Posts: 573; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


WTF is a jort?

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 19:51

4. AfterShock (Posts: 2136; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Yes, Wtf is that?

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 19:58

5. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I don't no! Yea what is that?

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 20:06 2

6. Shatter (Posts: 1970; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Slang for jean (j) shorts (orts) I believe.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 20:19

7. AfterShock (Posts: 2136; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Really, lol thanks.
I'm embarrassed I asked too.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 20:42

8. Planterz (Posts: 573; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Oh, I was expecting a techie definition.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 20:48

9. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Cool™

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 23:38 1

15. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Invented and used by people with iPhones.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 21:06 1

10. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Tl;dr

The English language just got dumber.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 21:51 4

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2105; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I completely agree. "Tl;dr"? Seriously?

In related news, Google added the incorrect way that people use the word "literally" to their dictionary recently. For example: "He was "literally" as tall as a house."

No, no he wasn't. Not even close.

Yeah, let's go ahead & make it okay for people use words incorrectly by letting them know that if they do it enough, it will be eventually be correct. What a crock of sh*t.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 17:33

20. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Blame Reddit!

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 21:16 1

11. johnbftl (Posts: 169; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


This article made me laugh and cry at the same time. Thank you Michael for your quip about the rise of illiteracy and/or laziness in this world. It was hysterical. It is so sad to think Oxford had added this manure to its dictionary.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 22:54

13. Sesameopen (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


tl;dr

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 23:16

14. SonyPS4 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 May 2013)


I thought "Emoji" is japanese word for "emoticon"

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 13:16

18. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


me too

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 02:30

16. Seerosu (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Well, a little more of laziness aboard... well, this just got "canon" this time!

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 03:00 1

17. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2341; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


So smartphones are creating dictionary words. Ummm weird???

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 17:31 1

19. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Not really when you think about it. Smart phones play a part in our everyday lives. They are constantly around and we constantly depend on them. They make us lazy, and we talk how we text. I work at a school, and I don't know how often I've heard students use "lol" or similar "words" in normal conversation.

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