You Can Now Find "Woot" in a Dictionary

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You Can Now Find "Woot" in a Dictionary

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The Concise Oxford English Dictionary has officially been updated with a healthy dose of internet lingo.

Published this month, the twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has been updated to include over 400 new words. Among them are "retweet," "woot," "noob," "cyberbullying," "sexting," and many others related to social media and internet culture. "Mankini" also made the cut, thankfully.

"Retweet that picture of me in my mankini or I'll sext and cyberbully you, noob!" is now a proper English sentence.

The dictionary has also been updated with new definitions for the words "follower" and "friend" - the latter being ridiculously diluted by a certain social network. These additions, according to the folks behind it, "are just carrying on the tradition of a dictionary that has always sought to be progressive and up to date."

It's important to note many of these words were already part of Oxford's online dictionary. The printed version in which these additional words will appear requires more time and deliberation between volumes.

So, what does this mean for you, the gamer?

If you've played Call of Duty: Black Ops for, oh, any period of time, you've certainly encountered homophobic, sexist, and racist children (and adults, too, sadly) who spit countless internet epithets your way without regard for the English language.

Well, they're still homophobic, sexist, and racist. But now, thanks to the modernization of the dictionary, many of their insults will at least constitute proper English. So there's that.

Source: Oxford Dictionaries via Digital Life

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Sorry, but I lost all respect for dictionaries when "bootylicious" became a recognised word (in the Oxford dictionary no less).

This sounds good and all, until you realise those words are only now being treated with the same amount of validity as "bootylicious".

Bootylicious!

Just typing it makes me feel ill.

mariofan1000:
W00t.

Ninja'd by the first comment. Plus it's low content.
I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's good in moderation, but these things can ruin a language, it's already ruined Swedish spelling.

mariofan1000:
W00t.

If there was ever a reason for a low content post,
this is it.

Woot. I like woot. Do you like woot? Woot with me now my wooters.

lunncal:
Sorry, but I lost all respect for dictionaries when "bootylicious" became a recognised word (in the Oxford dictionary no less).

This sounds good and all, until you realise those words are only now being treated with the same amount of validity as "bootylicious".

Bootylicious!

Just typing it makes me feel ill.

That... that's not true, is it?

...

Oh god it is. What have we become.

Languages evolve, and to remain relevant, dictionaries must evolve with their corresponding languages.

If the word "Klunge" doesn't get added at some point i'll be very disapointed.

King Toasty:

lunncal:
Sorry, but I lost all respect for dictionaries when "bootylicious" became a recognised word (in the Oxford dictionary no less).

This sounds good and all, until you realise those words are only now being treated with the same amount of validity as "bootylicious".

Bootylicious!

Just typing it makes me feel ill.

That... that's not true, is it?

...

Oh god it is. What have we become.

You're OK, you're Canadian, you can just wash your hands of this whole monstrosity. I'm English, and this is our dictionary. I used to be proud of my county but now... I just don't know any more.

The Oxford dictionary used to mean something. Now, any old word can get in there.

I just got an amusing image of how people will speak in the next few decades. Imagine, if you will, a high-class business executive referring to an under-performing employee as a "herpaderping noob lol".

Whilst the evolution of language is inevitable, there's nothing that says I can't bloody detest it.

I'll take that woot and shove it right past that mankini so hard that they'll be retweeting until they have it surgically removed.

Grmph, took me 5 minutes to get that "retweed" had nothing to do with whatever ret-weed was supposed to be on the internet but has to do with Twitter.

Woot, I'm a noob. Please don't cyberbully me. Kthx.
By Ceiling Cat, if kthx isn't in that dictionary I swear I'm going to buy the one from Cambridge!

AHA! This means I have more words for scrabble. :D

Woot is this?!

More words in my dictionary? Preposterous!

Abengoshis:
AHA! This means I have more words for scrabble. :D

i hadnt realised. hooray!
well, at least that the language of the internet is improving. by making language our bitch and conforming to us.
is our next act to change the value of pi to 3.1416?

This is great news! When does 'yiffing' make it?

No...

God dammit, what the hell Oxford? What are you, a 16 year old girl with a small purse!? They are not words. W00t? really? There are numbers in that "word." Next thing to happen would be admitting numbers in the words for numbers. Example: TH1RT3EN.

...You people don't know what English is and you guys invented the damn language!!

The dictionary should have ended once "Flapper-girl" was admitted. It sounds like a dolphin.

Sorry for the rant, I love my language.

If you're going to blame anyone, blame internet culture, for it being so popular. The guys and gals at Oxford Dictionary are only doing what is required of any dictionary, updating it with new words as our language evolves.

It's not the end of the world.

It's just a definition.

Get over it.

I remember when woot was supposed to be a victory cry meaning 'take all the Women & Treasure' (a sideways ampersand looks like two 00's in certain fonts) Least the first time i heard it, in the long long ago, that's how it was explained to me. I think this was in 97 or 98 I believe it was the first tribes game.

Kimarous:
I just got an amusing image of how people will speak in the next few decades. Imagine, if you will, a high-class business executive referring to an under-performing employee as a "herpaderping noob lol".

Quite possibly the funniest thing I've read all day. Good show sir.

Kimarous:
I just got an amusing image of how people will speak in the next few decades. Imagine, if you will, a high-class business executive referring to an under-performing employee as a "herpaderping noob lol".

"No Fred! No more apologizing! You have herped and derped your way through this company since day one, sexting on the job is not ok! Get out of here you noob!"

Fred: "Woot, no more work for me then!"

xXAsherahXx:
God dammit, what the hell Oxford? What are you, a 16 year old girl with a small purse!? They are not words. W00t? really? There are numbers in that "word." Next thing to happen would be admitting numbers in the words for numbers. Example: TH1RT3EN.

...You people don't know what English is and you guys invented the damn language!!

The dictionary should have ended once "Flapper-girl" was admitted. It sounds like a dolphin.

Sorry for the rant, I love my language.

It's called being up to date, and yes they ARE words, a meaningful unit of speech used to form sentences, what else would they be? And they admitted 'woot', not 'w00t'. And since when did they create the English language?

You just need to expect that new words are constantly created, and they either have to add them, or become outdated.

I love this. The English language is ever-evolving and it's good that professional linguists understand this and act on it. That doesn't mean that text language should be permitted as a way of writing, nor should spelling or grammar be changed, but new-age words being included in the dictionary? Hell yes!

Yaaay, im nearly in the dictionary!

I can't wait till "Sexting" wins a game of scrabble somewhere...

W00t is gone so mainstream now, I need a new expression of joy.

megamanenm:

xXAsherahXx:
God dammit, what the hell Oxford? What are you, a 16 year old girl with a small purse!? They are not words. W00t? really? There are numbers in that "word." Next thing to happen would be admitting numbers in the words for numbers. Example: TH1RT3EN.

...You people don't know what English is and you guys invented the damn language!!

The dictionary should have ended once "Flapper-girl" was admitted. It sounds like a dolphin.

Sorry for the rant, I love my language.

It's called being up to date, and yes they ARE words, a meaningful unit of speech used to form sentences, what else would they be? And they admitted 'woot', not 'w00t'. And since when did they create the English language?

You just need to expect that new words are constantly created, and they either have to add them, or become outdated.

I'm pretty sure the English invented English, Oxford ENGLISH dictionary.

Anyways, I don't give a shit about that part. I won't except that the basis of a word in my language has origins on Facebook and Xbox Live. It can be updated, but that doesn't mean that literally every word a teenager invents should be part of it.

"Cyberbullying" only just made the cut?

Wow, talk about behind the times... -_-;

xXAsherahXx:

megamanenm:

xXAsherahXx:
God dammit, what the hell Oxford? What are you, a 16 year old girl with a small purse!? They are not words. W00t? really? There are numbers in that "word." Next thing to happen would be admitting numbers in the words for numbers. Example: TH1RT3EN.

...You people don't know what English is and you guys invented the damn language!!

The dictionary should have ended once "Flapper-girl" was admitted. It sounds like a dolphin.

Sorry for the rant, I love my language.

It's called being up to date, and yes they ARE words, a meaningful unit of speech used to form sentences, what else would they be? And they admitted 'woot', not 'w00t'. And since when did they create the English language?

You just need to expect that new words are constantly created, and they either have to add them, or become outdated.

I'm pretty sure the English invented English, Oxford ENGLISH dictionary.

Anyways, I don't give a shit about that part. I won't except that the basis of a word in my language has origins on Facebook and Xbox Live. It can be updated, but that doesn't mean that literally every word a teenager invents should be part of it.

If a word becomes commonplace to use then it should be in the dictionary. That is the entire purpose of a dictionary. A record of words in our language.

I hear noob constantly, therefore it should be in the dictionary.

xXAsherahXx:

megamanenm:

xXAsherahXx:
God dammit, what the hell Oxford? What are you, a 16 year old girl with a small purse!? They are not words. W00t? really? There are numbers in that "word." Next thing to happen would be admitting numbers in the words for numbers. Example: TH1RT3EN.

...You people don't know what English is and you guys invented the damn language!!

The dictionary should have ended once "Flapper-girl" was admitted. It sounds like a dolphin.

Sorry for the rant, I love my language.

It's called being up to date, and yes they ARE words, a meaningful unit of speech used to form sentences, what else would they be? And they admitted 'woot', not 'w00t'. And since when did they create the English language?

You just need to expect that new words are constantly created, and they either have to add them, or become outdated.

I'm pretty sure the English invented English, Oxford ENGLISH dictionary.

Anyways, I don't give a shit about that part. I won't except that the basis of a word in my language has origins on Facebook and Xbox Live. It can be updated, but that doesn't mean that literally every word a teenager invents should be part of it.

Well from the way you worded that you said that Oxford invented English. And it's not like they're adding words used exclusively as an in-joke from a small forum or something, they're including words that are now widely known by people who frequent the internet.

It really goes to show that English is never proper and it is something that is always evolving and should be used creatively.

megamanenm:

xXAsherahXx:

megamanenm:

It's called being up to date, and yes they ARE words, a meaningful unit of speech used to form sentences, what else would they be? And they admitted 'woot', not 'w00t'. And since when did they create the English language?

You just need to expect that new words are constantly created, and they either have to add them, or become outdated.

I'm pretty sure the English invented English, Oxford ENGLISH dictionary.

Anyways, I don't give a shit about that part. I won't except that the basis of a word in my language has origins on Facebook and Xbox Live. It can be updated, but that doesn't mean that literally every word a teenager invents should be part of it.

Well from the way you worded that you said that Oxford invented English. And it's not like they're adding words used exclusively as an in-joke from a small forum or something, they're including words that are now widely known by people who frequent the internet.

It just infuriates me is all. Next thing you know "PWND" or "PWNS" will you in there.

xXAsherahXx:

megamanenm:

xXAsherahXx:

I'm pretty sure the English invented English, Oxford ENGLISH dictionary.

Anyways, I don't give a shit about that part. I won't except that the basis of a word in my language has origins on Facebook and Xbox Live. It can be updated, but that doesn't mean that literally every word a teenager invents should be part of it.

Well from the way you worded that you said that Oxford invented English. And it's not like they're adding words used exclusively as an in-joke from a small forum or something, they're including words that are now widely known by people who frequent the internet.

It just infuriates me is all. Next thing you know "PWND" or "PWNS" will you in there.

Tell me, what exactly makes you so angry about this?

megamanenm:

xXAsherahXx:

megamanenm:

Well from the way you worded that you said that Oxford invented English. And it's not like they're adding words used exclusively as an in-joke from a small forum or something, they're including words that are now widely known by people who frequent the internet.

It just infuriates me is all. Next thing you know "PWND" or "PWNS" will you in there.

Tell me, what exactly makes you so angry about this?

I get angry because this is the type of language used when an Xbox Live addict kills a noob or is killed and called one. "Woot, I pwnd u"

It is also the same language teenagers on Facebook use. I already hate Facebook for having too many douchebags there, hearing that the language they use is part of mine is unacceptable.

lunncal:

The Oxford dictionary used to mean something. Now, any old word can get in there.

I'm sure many others in the past also said the same thing about words we use every day without compunction.

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