Oxford Dictionary Officially Adds "twerk," "derp," and "selfie" to Our Vocabulary


by Anthonism

Miley Cyrus twerking onstage

Oxford Dictionary Online assists in what many believe to be pop-culture's attempt to dumb down society by adding voguish slang "words" to it's online dictionary. Be advised, using some of ODO's new words below may cause an outbreak of laughter at your expense and severely damage your reputation.

  • apols, pl. n. (informal): apologies.

  • BYOD, n.: abbreviation of ‘bring your own device’: the practice of allowing the employees of an organization to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes.

  • dappy, adj. (informal): silly, disorganized, or lacking concentration.

  • derp, exclam. & n. (informal): (used as a substitute for) speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action.

  • digital detox, n.: a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.

  • double denim, n.: a style of dress in which a denim jacket or shirt is worn with a pair of jeans or a denim skirt, often regarded as a breach of fashion etiquette.

  • emoji, n: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.

  • fauxhawk, n: a hairstyle in which a section of hair running from the front to the back of the head stands erect, intended to resemble a Mohican haircut (in which the sides of the head are shaved).

  • flatform, n.: a flat shoe with a high, thick sole.

  • FOMO, n.: fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.

  • geek chic, n.: the dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable.

  • grats, pl. n. (informal): congratulations.

  • jorts, pl. n.: denim shorts.

  • omnishambles, n. (informal): a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.

  • phablet, n.: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.

  • selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

  • squee, exclam. & v. & n. (informal): (used to express) great delight or excitement.

  • srsly, adv. (informal): short for ‘seriously’.

  • twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.

  • vom, v. & n. (informal): (be) sick; vomit.

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