The web version of the Oxford Dictionary also known as the Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) has been updated today to include some of the widely used tech words like Bitcoin, BYOD, Phablet, Selfie, and Twerking among others.
Inclusion of latest tech words into ODO shouldn’t come as a surprise as technology world is advancing day in and day out and most of the new words in use today are a results of technology in some shape or form. All the above words are definitely new but, you would have come across them multiple times even if you aren’t aware of what they actually meant.
Bitcoin has been defined as “digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank”, while emoji has been defined as “a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.”
Some of the other common tech words which have found a place in the dictionary are ‘click and connect’, ‘digital detox’, ‘FOMO’, ‘geek chic’, ‘hackerspace’, ‘Internet of Things’, ‘MOOC’, ‘selfie’, and ‘TL;DR’
“Technology remains a catalyst for emerging words and is reflected in new entries including MOOC (‘massive open online course’: a course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people); bitcoin (a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank), and the compound Internet of things (a development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity)”, reads an official Oxford Dictionary blog post.