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[Updated] Squee, srsly, Girl Crush, Derp Added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. Also (Sigh) Twerk

Four times a year the Oxford English Dictionary Oxford Dictionaries Online chooses new words to be allowed into its hallowed (digital) pages. In the past, those words have included geekery, hentai, tweet, sexting, dad dancing, and doh (as in Homer Simpson). This time around we get… twerking. Man, it’s almost exactly like they timed this to the ongoing controversy over Miley Cyrus.

Some new words that are now totally legit to use in formal essays (because if we can’t trust the dictionary, whom can we trust?) are behind the cut, as are their brand spankin’ new definitions.

Oh, and also a video of Morgan Freeman explaining twerking.

Update: We were incorrect in saying that the words are being added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It’s actually the Oxford Dictionaries Online, which “focuses on current English and includes modern meanings and uses of words.” Apologies.

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and let it be known

“Geekery” Has Been Added to the OED

The word “Geekery” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, along with the words “Tweet” (the digital kind), “e-reader”, and “dad dancing”.

Find out how these new entries break rules and redefine culture under the cut.

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For A More Civilized Age

Oxford Dictionary Names “GIF” The American Word Of The Year – Here’s Some Now!

Well how do ya like them apples? The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen “GIF” as the American word of the year. England’s word of the year? Omnishambles: a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations. I think we win. GIF, or graphics interchange format, may not be one of our favorite words but it’s certainly one of our favorite things to use when there’s nothing else to say and definitely one of our favorite things to reblog on tumblr. Without further ado, we present some of our favorite GIFs from around the web. And let me tell you, it was tough narrowing them down.

(via Jezebel)

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Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

Retweet This: New Entries In the Oxford English Dictionary Include “Retweet,” “Sexting”

In its continued effort to stay relevant in the the ongoing journey of the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary has provided us with its annual “Addition of New Words That Will Make You Wonder If Language Itself Is Evolving or Becoming Increasingly Ridiculous.” Usually, they are combinations of existing words that have permeated popular culture to such an extent that they need to be made “official” (for some reason), whether they deserve it or not.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Kandor in a Bottle

Artist Mike Kelley has created his interpretation of Kandor, the lost city of Krypton that was stolen by Brainiac and shrunken down, stored in a bottle, then recovered by Superman. The effort has taken Kelley 10 years. Read the whole story at Comics Beat.

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