‘Twerking,’ ‘Selfie’ & ‘Phablet’ Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Published:12:37 pm EDT, August 28, 2013| Updated:1:05 pm EDT, August 28, 2013|
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Perfectly timed with Miley Cyrus' antics at the VMAs, Oxford English Dictionary now officially recognizes "twerking" as a legitimate term. It was announced today that the OED has incorporated a series of brand-new words into its compendium. Check out some of the most popular words below.

Twerking: (verb) dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.

Phablet: (noun) a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and tablet computer.

Vom: (verb) be sick; vomit

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

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Emoji: (noun) a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.

Derp: (exclamation) used as a substitute for speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action.

FOMO: (noun) anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.

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