“Having a mare of a week? With hump day over, the weekend is in sight and it’s time to start thinking about getting blootered on appletinis! Or do you prefer to put on your schlumpy clothes and curl up with a tray bake? My tortie has a more tweetable Friday night than that. But you could take one for the team and be our DD for the night; we’ll call you on your dumbphone later. Thx!”
These are a few examples of the new words that have been added to Oxford Dictionaries as part of our February 2013 update. Contemporary culture and social media both continue to influence the English language, and newly added words in these categories include gossip mill, friend zone, tweetable, and social sharing. The language of technology has also influenced this update, with cruft, dumbphone, touchless, SSD, and FOSS all included.
It is an exciting time for sport, and a number of words in our update have been inspired by recent sporting events, with Olympic flame, Olympic torch, and torch relay, and all added to Oxford Dictionaries. Sportspersons represented in this update are tennis rivals Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, as well as cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
Here is a selection of new words from the February 2013 quarterly update