Oxford English Dictionary Adds Social Media Terms

If you were to look up the word “tweet” in the dictionary last week, the only definition you would have gotten would be something like “a high-pitched sound made by a bird.” That of course is not the most common way that it is used in today’s society and Oxford English Dictionary finally changed to reflect that. Also included are new terms like “mouseover,” “e-reader,” “big data,” “crowdsourcing,” “flash mob,” and “redirect.” Here’s some of the new definitions you can find in the dictionary now:

Tweet (n): A posting made on the social networking service Twitter.
Tweet (v): To make a posting on the social networking service Twitter.
Follow (v): To track the activities or postings of (a person, group, etc.) by subscribing to their account on a social media website or application.
Follower (n): A person who follows a particular person, group, etc., on a social media Web site or application.

It’s moments like this that remind us that our technology, culture, and language are constantly evolving and that we will be using words fifty years from now that haven’t even been invented yet.

A brief history of tweeting.

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