Social Networking Terms To Be Included In Collins Dictionary

World renowned dictionary compiler Collins has created a list of some of the prominent “words to watch” for the year 2009, a number of which are said to be originated from web-based activities.

The soaring influence of ‘social networking’ websites in our lives has made the several associated words to enter into the next revised edition of the dictionary, along with a number of terms related to our activities over the web.

The list comprises of an interesting phrase “social notworking”, a jibe on the term social networking, which implies the wastage of crucial hours in social networking activities, especially during working hours.

Social-networking is on high these days, with the leading website Facebook crossed the count of 150 million users on January 2, and around half of its members log on almost every day, the website claimed.

Other associated terms on the list are “anti social-networking”, which implies to a website that enables web users to enlist people they don’t ever want to contact, along with “defriend” that simply means removing someone from the list of added friends on social-networking websites.

In addition, the ongoing global economic recession has also added a handful of words into the list, such as “Recessionista”, an individual whose sartorial tastes depict economic troubles, and “Brickor mortis”, a period of tough times in housing industry.

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Social Networking is part of the cultural meme now and it is not surprising that social networking words are being considered for inclusion in the Collins dictionary. Whether they will last as long as some or whether they will disappear in a decade or so. Our bet is that "twittering" will enter a dictionary by 2011.

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