‘Selfie’ and ‘phablet’ added to the English dictionary

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The newest additions to the English dictionary are likely to make language purists "vom" (v. & n. informal: (be) sick; vomit).

"Selfie" (a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website) and "phablet" (a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer), are among hundreds of new words that have been added to Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO), many of which are influenced by technology and fashion.

"Bitcoin", the digital currency also makes an appearance, as does the ever popular "emoji" (a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication).

"The internet and social media has given people a new place to discuss things and it is giving rise to a huge amount of vocabulary such as 'selfie'," Angus Stevenson, head of dictionary projects at Oxford Dictionaries told CNBC.

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Twerking, the raunchy dance performed by Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards, is also among the list of additions.

The routine with pop star Robin Thicke created huge buzz through social media, but Katherine Connor Martin, from Oxford Dictionaries Online, said "twerk" was around 20 years old and seemed to have been coined as part of the "bounce" hip-hop scene in the United States.

"By last year, it had generated enough currency to be added to our new words watch list, and by this spring, we had enough evidence of usage frequency in a breadth of sources to consider adding it to our dictionaries of current English," she said.

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"The current public reaction to twerking is reminiscent in some ways of how the twisting craze was regarded in the early 1960s, when it was first popularized by Chubby Checker's song, the Twist.

"Only time will tell if twerking will similarly be embraced by the general public," Martin added.

Politics also gets a mention, with the word "omnishambles", a term used to describe the scandals and blunders in British politics, being added.

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The ODO has also welcomed words from the world of food, including "cake pops" (a small round piece of cake coated with icing or chocolate and fixed on the end of a stick so as to resemble a lollipop) and "food baby", a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a pregnant woman.

Fashion faux pas "double denim", where somebody wears denim on their upper and bottom half, has been added, as well as "geek chic" (the dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable).