28 Aug '13, 8pm

'Twerk' makes it into the Oxford Dictionary Online, alongside words like 'selfie,' 'bitcoin' and 'emoji'

'Twerk' makes it into the Oxford Dictionary Online, alongside words like 'selfie,' 'bitcoin' and 'emoji'

Languages change all the time. Outrage at the addition of new words to the online dictionary might be due to what academics call “prestige.” Basically, we assign forms of language hierarchical values they don’t actually have, so some – like academic writing or traditional high-brow dictionary entries – are considered overtly prestigious. Others, like Internet speak and slang terms associated with youth culture, aren’t assigned prestige, but are still valid language forms because they effectively communicate. Tell your 14-year-old daughter you want to take a selfie together, and I guarantee she’ll know what you mean.

Full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2013/08/28/tw...

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