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Oxford University adds Phablet & Selfie to its dictionary




In keeping with its quarterly tradition of adding new words in to its online dictionary, Oxford University has recently included words like Phablet and Selfie to their list, complete with definition, of course. Head past the break to see what the other tech-related terms that made it to their list.

Bitcoin, n.: a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.

BYOD, n.: abbreviation of ‘bring your own device’: the practice of allowing the employees of an organization to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes.

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Derp, exclam. & n. (informal): (used as a substitute for) speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action.

Digital detox, n.: a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.

Emoji, n: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.

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FOMO, n.: fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.

Geek chic, n.: the dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable.


Hackerspace, n.: a place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.

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Internet of things, n.: a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.

MOOC, n.: a course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people.

Phablet, n.: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.

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Selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

Space tourism, n.: the practice of travelling into space for recreational purposes.

TL;DR, abbrev.: ‘too long didn’t read’: used as a dismissive response to a lengthy online post, or to introduce a summary of a lengthy post.

There are other equally amusing terms like “Twerk” that are not our list but made its way on Oxford’s dictionary. For a full rundown of all the new words, you can check out the source link below.

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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