Thursday, September 23, 2010

BFF, Hashtag, Unfriend and Other Additions to the Oxford Dictionary
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September 20, 2010

In another sign that the digital world is permeating society, the Oxford
American Dictionary revealed additions to its lexicon last week, adopting
the language of texting, tweeting and social networking. Below are some of
the new inclusions:

BFF n. (pl. BFFs) informal a girl's best friend: my BFF's boyfriend is
cheating on her. - ORIGIN 1996: from the initial letters of best friend

cloud computing n. the practice of using a network of remote servers
hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a
local server or a personal computer...

hashtag n. (on social networking websites such as Twitter) a hash or pound
sign (#) used to identify a particular keyword or phrase in a posting...

social media n. [treated as sing. or pl.] websites and applications used
for social networking.

social networking n. the use of dedicated websites and applications to
communicate informally with other users, or to find people with similar
interests to oneself.

unfriend v. [with obj.] informal remove (someone) from a list of friends
or contacts on a social networking site: she broke up with her boyfriend,
but she hasn't unfriended him.

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