A slew of new words have been added to Oxford's online dictionary, including “twerk”, the dance Miley Cyrus made famous at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards.
A slew of new words have been added to Oxford's online dictionary, including “twerk”, the dance Miley Cyrus made famous at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards. © iStockphoto.com/melhi

Oxford words up with social media idiom

THE Oxford Dictionaries Online, the web-based bastion of the English language, is keeping up with the times.

A slew of new words have been added to the online dictionary, including "twerk", the dance Miley Cyrus made famous at Monday's MTV Video Music Awards.

The new tech-savvy entries also include "selfie", which Oxford defines as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website"; "FOMO" (fear of missing out); and "apols", the abbreviation of apologies.

Other terms include the new virtual currency "bitcoin", fashion catchphrase "double denim" and "omnishambles".



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