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‘OMG’ and ‘Bromance’ – Additions to English dictionaries

3 August 2012

Languages evolve with new words added to our daily word set and others disappearing completely. Most words that have emerged in the past 5 years or so are technology-related with phenomena, job titles and gadgets not known before that. Especially the increased communication that is happening online can take credit for a few ‘words’ that have emerged from it. Acronyms and abbreviations are nowadays very popular among the young population mainly because of saving time when emailing and texting with friends. 931217_mom

Here is a list of words that have recently been added to well-established dictionaries. To keep up to date with new additions you can check the website of the Oxford English Dictionaries. Some examples I found interesting are the following:
Bling (expensive jewelry)
Bromance (close friendly relationship between tow men)
Chillax (to relax)
Hater (a person who dislikes somebody)
Muggle (reference to the Harry Potter franchise, a person who is not conversant with a particular skill)
Noob (a person who is inexperienced in a particular field)
OMG (acronym of “Oh my God” and is used to express surprise and excitement)
Unfriend (reference to social networks, it means to remove a person from the list of friends)
Whatevs (abbreviation for “Whatever”)
Woot (expression to show enthusiasm)

Regarding this subject I found this article in the blog of New York Times which talks about writers using words that are not to be found in dictionaries. These are called “dark matter”.

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