Oxford Dictionaries Online New Social Media & Tech Additions

We all know how much social media has impacted upon our everyday lives in the last few years and today we have news that the Oxford Dictionaries Online has added some new definitions from the social media and tech worlds, among others.

The Oxford Dictionaries Online blog says, “The world of computers and social networking continues to be a major influence on the English language,” according to an article by Sarah Kessler over on Mashable. Some of the new additions to the online dictionary include “Twittersphere” defined as “postings made on the social networking site Twitter, considered collectively.” Another is “ZOMG,” defined thus, “(used especially on electronic message boards as a sarcastic comment on an inexperienced or overenthusiastic poster) oh my God!:ZOMG! ! I finally managed to reformat the filethe airport was hot and big, but there was really nothing that made me stop and think ZOMG FOREIGN COUNTRY!”

It’s a sign of how far social networking has come in a short space of time that social media-specific words are being listed in dictionaries. The word “blog” was top of Webster’s Word of the Year list in 2004, while “Facebook” made it for Collins in 2007 and the word “unfriend” was top for Oxford in 2009. Other new terms in the Oxford Dictionaries Online include “Cyber Monday,” one which we use often here at OSM, “infographic,” “unfollow” and “permalink.”

What new social media or tech-related words, which haven’t yet made the dictionary, do you think should be in the next additions to the Oxford Dictionaries Online? Why not send us your comments to let us know.