Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT | By Reuters

Oxford dictionary adds 'tweet' and 'geekery'

'Crowdsourcing', 'flash mob', 'geekery' and 'dad dancing' also earned a place in an OED now containing 823,000 entries


Oxford dictionary adds 'tweet' and 'geekery' (© Reuters)

London: "Tweet", "dad dancing" and "geekery" are three of more than 1,200 new or revised words in the latest version of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) released on Friday.

The dictionary said in a quarterly update on its website that it had expanded its entries for "follow" (verb), "follower" (noun), and "tweet" (noun and verb) to include social media terms that have exploded in the past six years.

According to the dictionary, "tweet" is now a posting on the social networking service Twitter as well as its more traditional meaning: a brief high-pitched sound. "This breaks at least one OED rule, namely that a new word needs to be current for ten years before consideration for inclusion," said the OED's chief editor John Simpson in a statement. "But it seems to be catching on."

"Crowdsourcing", "flash mob", "geekery" and "dad dancing" also earned a place in an OED now containing 823,000 entries. "Crowdsourcing" is defined as the practice of obtaining information or services by soliciting input from a large number of people, typically via the internet and often without offering compensation.

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