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From TheJournal.ie How do you decide what makes it into a dictionary? Define Useful

How do you decide what makes it into a dictionary?

“If there are ten different ways to say the word dragonfly, you only need one simple version,” says one dictionary editor.

From TheJournal.ie Selfie, alt-right and pre-drinks added to new English-Irish dictionary Gaeilge

Selfie, alt-right and pre-drinks added to new English-Irish dictionary

The editor said that the new dictionary “covers every level of language use, from formal to informal, from polite to vulgar”.

From TheJournal.ie Brexit beats Trumpism and throwing shade to be named 'word of the year' Mic Drop

Brexit beats Trumpism and throwing shade to be named 'word of the year'

According to Collins, anyway.

From TheJournal.ie 'Manspreading' and 'Grexit' have been added to the Oxford Dictionaries The Language Of Shakespeare

People are going crazy for this list of emotions people feel, but can't explain

Now you can describe the strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

10 Irish slang words that need to be added to the dictionary right now

This is *our* language – the world needs to know about it.

From TheJournal.ie 12 incredibly hard-to-spell words that have won America's National Spelling Bee Say What Now

12 incredibly hard-to-spell words that have won America's National Spelling Bee

We elucubrated some autochthonous Business Insider content for you. 

From TheJournal.ie You can now use 'lolz' and 'obvs' in Scrabble Totes Ridic

You can now use 'lolz' and 'obvs' in Scrabble

People are freaking out.

There was some gobshite on Countdown yesterday

Use it in a sentence.

10 excellent long-lost words you should definitely start using again

Word Warriors want you to forget about ‘selfies’ and ‘bae’.

'Vape' named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year, beating out 'bae' and 'indyref'

Tough competition, you’ll agree.

'YOLO' and 'amazeballs' have been added to the Oxford Dictionaries FML

'YOLO' and 'amazeballs' have been added to the Oxford Dictionaries

Along with ‘douchebaggery’, appropriately enough.

From TheJournal.ie Weird Wide Web: Facebook nosiness, a GIF machine and a virtual reality war Week In Web

Weird Wide Web: Facebook nosiness, a GIF machine and a virtual reality war

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

10 farm selfies that prove the word 'felfie' should be in the dictionary

Forget your selfie – it’s all about the felfie.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why do British and American attitudes to dictionaries differ? Language Matters

Column: Why do British and American attitudes to dictionaries differ?

There may be a story to tell about social class and dictionaries in the two countries, with the American publishers marketing to the aspirational, and the British ones to the arrived, writes Lynne Murphy.

From TheJournal.ie Omnishambles, twerk and dad dancing make the Oxford dictionary Twerk

Omnishambles, twerk and dad dancing make the Oxford dictionary

They join fauxhawk, FOMO and emoji as new words in the online dictionary.

From TheJournal.ie Weird Wide Web: Secrets, delightful video games and an ungoogleable rift Week In Web This post contains videos

Weird Wide Web: Secrets, delightful video games and an ungoogleable rift

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

'Frape', 'Arab Spring' among new entries in Collins dictionary

Terminology describing the Arab uprisings – and the act of using someone else’s Facebook account – is in the Collins dictionary.

OMG! Social networking takes hold... on the English dictionary

A new Chambers Dictionary includes “BFF” and “unfriending” – but not “sexting”. Find out which other words made the cut…

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you should know this morning…

OMG, I ♥ the OED!

The Oxford English Dictionary has included the ‘heart’ symbol amongst its 45,437 new entries.

IT WAS the sound that dominated the world cup but only last year many of us had no idea what a vuvuzela was.

Now the word, along with 2,000 others has made it into the third edition Oxford Dictionary of English, which is published today.

Other new words to make it in the dictionary include cheeseball (something that lacks taste or style) and turducken – a roast dish that consists of chicken inside a duck inside a turkey.

The internet has coined quite a few words with paywall, microblogging, netbook and biral have all been added to the dictionary in recent years. The financial crisis has also thrown up a few previously unheard of words. Toxic debt, deleveraging (reducing debt by quickly selling assets), quantitative easing and staycation are now in common parlance.

Oxford adds words based on their usage and it is the first dictionary to do so.

Last week some of the words that didn’t make the cut were revealed. Words such as wurfing (searching the net while as work) and earworm (a catchy tune that frequently gets stuck in your head)

Other new entries are :

  • wardrobe malfunction : when someone exposes an intimate part of their body after clothing slips;
  • chill pill: a notional pill to make someone calm;
  • bromance : a close but non-sexual relationship between two men;
  • LBD (little black dress). This refers to the simple evening or cocktail dress that, it is claimed, should be part of every womans wardrobe; and
  • frenemy : a person that one is friendly with despite a fundamental dislike.

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