W00t! The OED Catches Up With the Rest of Us

By Veronique Greenwood | August 23, 2011 1:02 pm


Last week, the new edition of Concise Oxford English Dictionary—the user-friendly version of the massive, encyclopedic guide to Englishdebuted with 400 new words, many of them not unknown to those of us here on teh Interwebs. Here’s a selection of the goodies:

cyberbullying: n. the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

denialist: n. a person who refuses to admit the truth of a concept or proposition that is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence.

domestic goddess: n. informal a woman with exceptional domestic skills, especially cookery.


jeggings: pl. n. tight-fitting stretch trousers for women, styled to resemble a pair of denim jeans.




retweet: v. (on the social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user). n. a reposted or forwarded message on Twitter.


sexting: n. informal the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone.



woot: exclam. informal (especially in electronic communication) used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph.

One quibble: we would have included the alternate spelling of “woot,” the alphanumerical mashup “w00t.” As the evolution of the term from its humble, dungeon-crawling roots has resulted in two separate lineages of spelling, it would seem appropriate to make note of it in the definition.

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  • Baramos

    Hahaha, “domestic goddess”? Do they mean a homemaker? I mean my mother was a damn fine cook and an excellent housekeeper, but I’d never call her a “domestic goddess”. It’s just…weird.

    I thought we were past that weird phase of feminism where if a woman chose to be a good housekeeper/cook they had to be shamed, I guess now we’re into a weird phase where it has to euphemised to be accepted? I dunno.

  • http://www.price4limo.com Cleo

    Wow jeggings now has a definition?? At least I can call myself a domestic goddess!


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