Twerk, Selfie, Bitcoin, Others Added To Oxford Dictionary As Silicon Valley, Middle Schoolers Push English Language Forward

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

OEDThe revered OED, that is the Oxford English Dictionary to you neophytes of the English Language, has added:

Twerk, MOOC, Bitcoin, geek chic, selfie, and so much more to the language (see Tech Crunch article: Twerk, Selfie, Bitcoin, Others Added To Oxford Dictionary As Silicon Valley Pushes English Language Forward ).

• See the complete list .

Stanczyk wants to know from the academes out there, do blogs and/or social media extend the English language into other modern languages as well as OED English?

Is the world becoming #MultiLingo ?

Will the growth of these cross-language words ever increase to such a degree that languages begin to converge or what percentage of overlap makes a language distinct (or the same)?

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3 Responses to “Twerk, Selfie, Bitcoin, Others Added To Oxford Dictionary As Silicon Valley, Middle Schoolers Push English Language Forward”

  1. Language doesn’t happen in a vacuum (As much as the Academie Francaise would like it to be that way). With our modern tools, cross pollinzation of languages is even more possible and likely.

    • I think language is accelerating as a result of the Internet and its blogs/social media, etc.

      I routinely correspond with people in other nations (sometimes in their language — thanks to Google Translate).

      But I am fascinated with the concept of cross-language words — much of them IT jargon (i.e. Bitcoin, MOOC, selfie, etc.). It reminds me of the poem Jabberwocky. However, the Jabberwocky poem with its portmanteaus and made up words actually gets translated into native words, onomatopoetic words but clearly not English. So this is a new phenomenon.

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