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ZOMG Enters The Oxford Dictionary Online

Nearly half of the new entries to Oxford Dictionary Online are inspired by technology or online slang.

Words like ‘ZOMG’ and Twittersphere’ are among the 35 new words or abbreviations that have made into the online dictionary.

ZOMG is particularly used in social networks as a sarcastic comment made on a post by an inexperienced user. The abbreviation is a variation of the words ‘oh my god’, though it's not clear where the Z first originated or what it may have meant. Twittersphere on the other hand has been defined as ‘postings made on the social networking site Twitter, considered collectively’.

Other words included in the Oxford Dictionary Online include NSFW, which stands for ‘Not Safe For Work’, infographic, breadcrumb trail, network neutrality, permalink, paperless and Cyber Monday.

Also among the new entrants is ‘lappy’, a slang for laptops. The slang is used particularly outside the US.

“The world of computers and social networking continues to be a major influence on the English language, with the introduction of badware, social graph, and network neutrality into our dictionary,” the Oxford Dictionary said in a blog post (opens in new tab).

“The new additions also hint at the danger of sneaking a peek at the Twittersphere or other social networks whilst at work – not everyone is thoughtful enough to add the NSFW warning!” it continued.