In so many wordsby Nikki Tundel, Minnesota Public Radio
Word up, diddy. You just made your way into the Oxford English Dictionary. The foremost authority on words announces its newest additions.
St. Paul, Minn. — It's official. Skatepunk is now a formally-sanctioned way of defining someone. The word, along with a couple hundred others, was just added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
The OED, as it's often called, is the only complete record of English from the 1500s to today. So, if you're a word, being inducted into the Oxford dictionary means you've finally made it. Every quarter, the dictionary adds about 250 new entries.
The most common source of new words is new technology. This time around, the OED added hacktivist, hacktivism, cybrary, cybrarian, DVD, texting, text message, and nanobot.
The dictionary also added phrases that reflect our current culture, including speed dating, strip mall, biological clock, dust bunny, heroin chic, and Texas Hold 'Em.
Reporter Nikki Tundel talks to host Mary Lucia about the way words get nominated for the Oxford English Dictionary and discusses what the latest entries say about our society.