Story image

Oxford app's all-in-a-twitter about its new word additions

23 May 16

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary is all-a-Twitter about the 900 new additions to the ninth edition to its app, including 170 words relating to the digital realm and six relating to microblogging website Twitter, including the infamous words "Twitterati" and "tweetup".

The Oxford Dictionary, categorising and helping to define words since 1948, has again incorporated many more modern words into its lexicon.

So, if you want to "retweet" a "selfie" with a "phablet" and put it in a "meme" so you can share it in the "Twitterverse", well now the Oxford team knows exactly what you're talking about. And like it or not, these words are also now an official part of the English language.

So the next time somebody gives you a puzzled look next time you say TTFN, you can now legitimately tell them to check the dictionary... or the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary app, at least.

Some new inclusions to the app:​

  • Adware: a type of software that automatically displays or downloads advertisements on a computer screen, smartphone, etc. when a user is online
  • Cyberthreat: the possibility that somebody will try to damage or destroy a computer network, computer system or website by secretly changing information on it without permission
  • Geofencing: a technology which draws a virtual line around a physical area so that a signal can be sent to a mobile electronic device such as a phone inside this line or when this line is crossed
  • Script kiddie: a person who uses existing programming code to hack somebody's computer, because they do not have the skill to write their own code
  • Woot!: used to express excitement, enthusiasm, satisfaction, etc, especially in text messages or emails​

The app is currently available on iOs and Android.

Jobs 'aplenty' for freelance writers, devs & ecommerce specialists?
Jobs tagged with the keyword ‘writing’ took the top spot as the fastest moving job in 2018.
Updated: Chch crypto-exchange Cryptopia suffers breach
Cryptopia has reportedly experienced a security breach that has taken the entire platform offline – and resulted in ‘significant losses’.
iPhone XS Max costs average Kiwi 11.6 work days – world comparison
A new study has compared how long it will take the average worker in 42 countries to purchase Apple's newest iPhone - NZ doesn't do too bad.
Chorus reckons Kiwis have an insatiable appetite for data
New Zealanders love the internet – and we love Fortnite even more.
Hands-on review: XANOVA Juturna-U gaming headset
Despite my first impressions on the quality of the headset, I was disappointed with both of the auxiliary cables provided, which felt cheap and would cut out, almost as if they were already frayed.
Audioengine’s Wireless A5+ are just bloody good speakers
I judge these speakers on the aspects that Audioengine boasts about - quality, streaming, simplicity and versatility
Hands-on review: The Ekster Wallet protects your cards against RFID attacks
For some time now, I’ve been protecting my credit cards with tinfoil. The tinfoil hat does attract a lot of comments, but thanks to Ekster, those days are now happily behind me.
OPPO aims to have 5G device launched by end of year
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer is working with Keysight Technologies to accelerate the development of their 5G smartphone.