Teenage twittering seems to have a big impact over the usage of modern day English language, as the microblogging activity has added several words to the new edition of the dictionary and even helped revive some of the redundant ones.
Various expressions, such as sighs and grunts, which have erstwhile been a part of human being’s speech only, have now made their way to the new edition of Collins English Dictionary published this year.
Words like “hmm” and “heh”, which are frequently being used in twittering, are among 267 new additions to this year’s lexicon. The requirement to spell out sounds that were previously used only in human speech has also bred expressions, like “mwah” (the sound of a noisy kiss), and “meh” (a word used for showing discontent).
In addition, social networking users can further be made accountable for reinvigorating utterances like “heigh-ho” or “hey-ho” - an expression for showing weariness, surprise, disappointment - that became redundant in the early 20th century.
Other terms that have been derived from the internet and modern digital culture include “woot” (a positive expression showing achievement), “noob” (a word used for someone not known with internet etiquettes). Along with these, contemporary abbreviations, such as “OMG” (oh my god), “wtf” (what the f***?), and “soz” (short form of sorry), have also been added to the English dictionary.
The publishers of the dictionary asserted that the new words “reflect a growing preoccupation with digital culture, music, and climate-change” in past couple of years since the last edition was published.