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February 25, 2011

Oxford Dictionaries Online adds bloggable, cyber-bully, scareware…

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by Darren Allan

The Oxford Dictionaries Online has added a number of new tech terms to its web-based reference service over the past year.

Such as “bloggable”, which is defined as “suitable or sufficiently interesting as a topic for a blog” (something you can waffle on about).

“Cyber-bully” is now also defined, as well as “scareware” (fake anti-virus alert scams), “bandwidth” and “trackpad”.

Text-speak has landed some new definitions too, with the likes of “TBH” (to be honest), and “sexting”; sexually explicit messages or photos sent via your phone. Or doing an Ashley Cole or Vernon Kay, as it’s also known.

A number of other modern bits of lingo have been added, such as “tanorexia”, being addicted to getting a tan. And the “mankini”, as made famous by Borat. Even “fnarr fnarr” has made the cut: “Used to represent sniggering, typically at a sexual innuendo.”

The dictionary doesn’t mention Finbarr Saunders or the mighty Viz, mind you, just that the origin of the word was the 1980s.


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