Online verbiage makes its way into Oxford 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.

Another newcomer to the reference book's 24,000 entries is retweet — to repost another Twitter user's message.

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

Some of the new words describe forms of behavior and communication created by technology. There's cyberbullying, a form of online abuse, and textspeak, the abbreviated language used in cellphone messages. And, of course, sexting — sending explicit photos or messages by mobile phone.

Less high-tech new entries include jeggings — a jeans-leggings hybrid popular with some and considered a fashion crime by others — and mankini, a sling-style bathing suit made infamous by comic character Borat.

Unlike the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, the concise edition was founded to include modern and slang terms as they enter common use.

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