Retweet, sexting enter Oxford English Dictionary

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Posted: Aug 19, 2011 5:25 PM
Retweet, sexting enter Oxford English Dictionary

Woot! The online expression of enthusiasm is now in the dictionary. So are textspeak, sexting _ and, less happily, cyberbullying.

They are among 400 new entries in the 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, published this month.

Also making the cut is retweet _ to repost another Twitter user's message.

Editor Angus Stevenson revealed the new entries in a blog post Thursday.

Unlike the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, the concise edition was founded to include modern and slang terms as they enter common use. Its first edition in 1911 included the then-new words aeroplane, motorist and flapper.

Stevenson said the new additions "are just carrying on the tradition of a dictionary that has always sought to be progressive and up to date."