New Words For 2013: ‘Tweet’ And Other Tech Jargon Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

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June 19, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown
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Tweet: The Oxford English Dictionary officially defines it as “a posting made on the social networking service Twitter” and as a verb, it is defined as “to post on Twitter.”

Most people know the word Tweet. But now it has officially been declared a “word” by the folks at the Oxford English Dictionary. Tweet has been added to the dictionary, reports The Los Angeles Times. According to John Simpson, the dictionary’s chief editor, “tweet” was added even though it has not yet been used for 10 years, which is one rule the dictionary considers before adding a new word. But it was added, Simpson told the Times because , the word “seems to be catching on.”

There were some other tech jargon added. Definitions for “big data,” meaning “computing data of a very large size”; “crowdsourcing,” which is defined as “the practice of obtaining information or services by soliciting input from a large number of people”; and “e-reader,” which is a tablet device used for digital books, were all added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

And “mouseover,” which is when you move your computer mouse toward an object on the screen; “redirect,” which is when a URL goes from one Web page to another; and “stream,” when data is transfered from the Internet to a device, all were added as well.

What other tech words would you suggest for the next update?

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