Selfie, twerk and geek chic all legit, says the Oxford dictionary

OMG, the folks who brought us the OED have gone all BYOD, FOMO, TL;DR on us.

What do you mean you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about? Look it up, grandpa. No, really this time: Look it up.

The latest list of Oxford Dictionaries’ dictionary-worthy words (well online- dictionary-worthy, anyway) is out and what we can conclude is that soon we won’t have any idea what we are saying to each other.

And I for one am looking forward to it. It will be like serving in Congress or something, where everything is gibberish and not really meant to be understood anyway.

Looking at this quarter’s list, it seems the sophomore class at Palo Alto High School has taken over the dictionary. We’ve got selfie, apols, derp and Miley Cyrus’s favorite dance move, twerk, which allowed the blog Quartz to mark its Oxford dictionary post with an eye-popping picture of the pop singer in the act. Click City.

The most relevant addition to the dictionary for Quartz readers is probably “phablet,” a portmanteau of “phone” and “tablet” used to describe oversized smartphones. Other new words and phrases that resonate with Quartz include “bitcoin,” “internet of things,” and “space tourism.” We are less enamored of “vom,” which is shorthand for “vomit.”

We here at SiliconBeat couldn’t help notice that Silicon Valley crushed it this round, starting with phablet, but also having a hand in entrees like digital detox, emoji, geek chic, hackerspace, Internet of things and MOOC.

All in a days work — srsly.

The full list, courtesy of the Oxford Dictionaries blog:

apols

A/W

babymoon

balayage

bitcoin

blondie

buzzworthy

BYOD

cake pop

chandelier earring

click and collect

dappy

derp

digital detox

double denim

emoji

fauxhawk

FIL

flatform

FOMO

food baby

geek chic

girl crush

grats

guac

hackerspace

Internet of things

jorts

LDR

me time

MOOC

omnishambles

pear cider

phablet

pixie cut

selfie

space tourism

squee

srsly

street food

TL;DR

twerk

unlike

 (Photo of geek chic hackers at Apps World North America by Bay Area News Group photographer John Green)

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