Social media have sped up the definitions of some words such as selfie or twerk, while other lingo lingers underground for yearsDictionary: a book that lists the words of a language in alphabetical order and gives their meaning. In recent times a whole new spate of words have been added to the English versions of this book. “Omnishambles”, a word coined by the writers of The Thick of It and memorably used by Ed Miliband in reference to the 2012 budget, has just been added to the Oxford Dictionaries online (meaning: a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations). “Selfie” (a photograph taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded on to social media) and “food baby” (a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy), have also been officially recognised as “real words”.What is a real word anyway? If we go by the definition, words are simply sounds or a combination of sounds that represent a thing, person, place, situation or emotion. If this is the case then the dictionary should probably be twice …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books