Because language doesn't really matter anymore to the Internet, words that people use online all the time (even though people are often too embarrassed to say them aloud in real life) are now part of the dictionary. The Oxford Dictionaries Online is adding these wonky words to its dictionary: twerk, phablet, derp, selfie, bitcoin, vom and more.
Last year, if you remember, the ODO added words like lolz, photobomb, tweeps and even mwahahaha to its dictionary. So judging from its recent history, the ODO is basically trying to keep pace with the Internet and eventually ruin the English language forever. Other new words of note:
- geek chic