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Retweet, sexting and cyberbullying added to Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford University Press Blog

(CBS) - Writers and editors no longer have to feel guilty for using words like "retweet" and "sexting" in earnest. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary has officially enter these words into English lexicon.

Celebrating 100 years of the dictionary, Oxford University Press editor Angus Stevenson wrote a blog post Thursday, "This month heralds the publication of the centenary edition: the new 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary contains some 400 new entries, including cyberbullying, domestic goddess, gastric band, sexting, slow food, and textspeak. These additions are just carrying on the tradition of a dictionary that has always sought to be progressive and up to date."

Here are some of the new words defined...

mankini: n. (pl. mankinis) a brief one-piece bathing garment for men, with a T-back.

jeggings: pl. n. tight-fitting stretch trousers for women, styled to resemble a pair of denim jeans.

upcycle: v. reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

retweet: v. (on the social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user). n. a reposted or forwarded message on Twitter.

sexting: n. informal the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone.

Now put some jeggings over your upcycled mankini before I get the urge to retweet what you were sexting me last night.

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