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

Oxford Dictionary Online adds the word
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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20 Comments

1. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Great™ That is a cool Galaxy Note= Phablet. Even I Phaplet word is on the Samsung Nexus Keyboard ®

2. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

WTF is a jort?

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Yes, Wtf is that?

5. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I don't no! Yea what is that? ™

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Oh, I was expecting a techie definition.

9. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Cool™

15. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Invented and used by people with iPhones.

10. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Tl;dr The English language just got dumber.

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

20. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Blame Reddit!

11. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

13. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

tl;dr

14. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

18. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

me too

16. Seerosu

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

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

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

19. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 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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