Lolz, ridic & vajazzled added to online dictionary
Along with photobombing and mwahahaha, these words have found their way into the Oxford Dictionaries Online.
The times they are a-changin’. Lolz.
Every year we hear about the latest bizarre additions to the dictionary, and every year we facepalm ourselves that little bit harder as a result - FYI, facepalm can also be found in the dictionary...
‘facepalm, verb - bring the palm of one’s hand to one’s face as an expression of dismay, exasperation, embarrassment, etc.’
The latest nail in the coffin of the English language comes as words such as ridic, vajazzle, photobomb, mwahahaha, tweeps and douchey have been added to Oxford University Press’ online dictionary.
The worst offender, however, comes with the inclusion of ‘inbox’ - not as a noun, but as a verb. NO, I will NOT inbox you. I will send you a f**king email!
Chrissie Maher of the Plain English Campaign told the Huffington Post: ‘These words are all shorthand really, it's social network speak. It’s when this sort of stuff gets into CVs, public leases and official documents that there’s a downside.
‘It won’t be finding its way into my courses at the Plain English Campaign. Having said that, when my grandchildren send me a text I often barely understand a word and I do have to reach for the dictionary - so this could prove pretty useful to me.’