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“woot” Becomes an Official Word

Oxford Dictionary

Concise Oxford English Dictionary (COED) is the smaller but most widely recognized derivative of the official Oxford English Dictionary, which is celebrating this August its 100th anniversary. To celebrate, the lexicon published its 12th edition today that adds more than 400 new entries – many of which reflect the technological vocabulary found in today’s society, like “woot,” “mankini,” and “jeggings.”

The words are chosen by a small team at the Oxford University Press’s academic cabinet which involves keying popular words into a database that shows frequency of use in print and online. Since publishing its first edition back in 1911, the COED shows how the effects of social media and instant-access technology on language has created a variety of new words while modifying existing definitions such as “follower”.

Oddly enough, the new dictionary contains a handful of slang terms that may seem better suited for the Urban Dictionary, words like;

  • mankini (pl. mankinis): A brief one-piece bathing garment for men, with a T-back
  • retweet: To repost or forward (on the social networking site Twitter)
  • woot: used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph (especially in electronic communication)
  • noob(pretty sure this is supposed to have two zeros in it): a person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet
  • jeggings: tight-fitting stretch trousers for women (or men)

This shows that the continual growth of the internet and the culture that it creates is slowly becoming a more normal and recognized part of daily life. As long as they don’t start defining l33t I have no objection to including more gaming or geek slang/speak.

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Andrew Wilson
Andrew has been poking and prodding computers for 11 years who occasionally writes about Technology and Video Games while working towards getting his Bachelors in Computer Engineering. He is also one of the contributors to the Let's Play's on the site.
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RATGHOPAC3EWRSICFMVO3RAP4 yo-yo-yo-yoda

    May want to fix the “jeggings” part.  They’re for women.

  • Anonymous

    This is so l4m3

  • Andrew Wilson

    I am just going to leave this here…

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  • http://twitter.com/bsdf bEN ENGLISCH

    w00t is not spelled woot

  • http://www.tekgoblin.com Sanity

    It depends on which context you are using it in.

  • http://twitter.com/bsdf bEN ENGLISCH

    the only context where ‘woot’ is correct is referring to that horrible site

  • Andrew Wilson
  • Anonymous

    It’s so discouraging how much the internet seems to be downgrading the value our society places on using proper English to the point where the words can actually be included in the dictionary. It seems that the days of people being well-educated and eloquent individuals are in the throes of their demise, evident even within a post about a dictionary. Proper grammar would dictate that you would say “celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this August.” The sentence structure you used would be proper if you were speaking in German.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gloomypdx G M

    The OED simply documents usage, it doesn’t make anything “official.” 

  • http://drewcifercdxx.tumblr.com/ Drewcifer66

    I can’t wait to use ‘mankini’ in Scrabble.

  • http://www.tekgoblin.com Sanity

    They will be like….wtf?

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