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#1
Well, the Oxford Dictionary is celebrating 100 years, so it's understandable that it be updated throughout that time. Today, the Oxford Dictionary added 400 new words, including mankini, woot, noob, and sexting. This joins words that were added earlier this year, such as lol and omg. The thing I find particularly funny is how words that I honestly can't take seriously are defined in such a serious manner:
noob
Pronunciation:/nuːb/
noun
informal
a person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet.
Origin: early 21st century: from newbie

So, I turn this to the pit, as we seem to have a blend of age groups, what are your opinions of this? Is there a limit to altering the English language? Should there be? Could you care less? Do you like muffins?

Discuss.
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#3
New words are constantly being introduced, so I don't see why they shouldn't have a place in a dictionary. If someone is learning English, they could use the explanation.

And muffins are pretty good.
#6
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I thought you meant that the dictionary is the new must have hipster accessory. Like those Clark Kent glasses without any actual glass in them.

Nah, the Oxford Dictionary is way too mainstream. Some obscure Norwegian dictionary from 1952 would be so awesome...

so vintage...
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#8
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Yes, the dictionary should have words omitted and added after they fall in or out of common useage, if the dictionary was never edited, it would defeat the purpose of language.

I'd say it would defeat the purpose of a dictionary
#10
Quote by sashki
I'd say it would defeat the purpose of a dictionary


not really.


Anyway yeah "noob" should definitely be added to dictionary, I use it all the time, as do my friends.
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#12
As for "lol" and "omg" I would not support adding them, as they are acronyms. Basically they're putting phrases in the dictionary rather than words, and I do not support that. But as for words, go ahead. Just stay away from the proper nouns and I'll be fine.
#13
http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/hip?region=us
hip1(hip)

noun
1 a projection of the pelvis and upper thigh bone on each side of the body in human beings and quadrupeds. (hips) the circumference of the body at the buttocks:
a sweater tied around the hipsa person's hip joint:
she ran into a fence and dislocated her hip
2 the sharp edge of a roof from the ridge to the eaves where two sides meet.


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#14
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As for "lol" and "omg" I would not support adding them, as they are acronyms. Basically they're putting phrases in the dictionary rather than words, and I do not support that. But as for words, go ahead. Just stay away from the proper nouns and I'll be fine.

On that note, I heard somewhere that "<3" was added to the OED. Can't verify with a source though, I might check it out.
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#15
Acronyms like lol and omg, no, but noob is used enough that it might as well be defined.
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#16
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As for "lol" and "omg" I would not support adding them, as they are acronyms. Basically they're putting phrases in the dictionary rather than words, and I do not support that. But as for words, go ahead. Just stay away from the proper nouns and I'll be fine.


While yeah I suppose you can always argue that it's an acronym, it can also be used as a verb, ie. "I lol'd". I mean yeah technically it's saying "I laughed out loud" but really it's gotten to the point where it could be considered a verb on it's own.
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#18
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I thought you meant that the dictionary is the new must have hipster accessory. Like those Clark Kent glasses without any actual glass in them.


So the "glasses" don't have any glass in them?

Does that mean... they aren't really glasses...?
#19
In principle, I think "words" like "lol" and "omg" shouldn't be acknowledged as such. However, I understand that the language, as we know it today, would never be what it is is if it hadn't evolved.

Whatever...


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#20
muffins are pretty good most of the time.
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#21
i like blueberry muffins, but apple streudel muffins are good too..

EDIT: ninja'd!

but my mom makes em for breakfast on my birthday and christmas and shit like that
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#22
"Noob" is well known and has a common definition that most know, I don't see why it shouldn't be added to the dictionary.
#24
I ****ing LOVE muffins!
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#25
I don't have a problem with them adding acronyms. They have them in there anyway, plus, our language is changing, so why not add in "words" that we use often.
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#26
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Language is like a virus, it constantly evolves and makes its way into our culture.

Yes, the dictionary should have words omitted and added after they fall in or out of common useage, if the dictionary was never edited, it would defeat the purpose of language.


I don't think omitting words would work. If they said they were going to omit words it'd probably make the news just like adding new words makes the news. Then as a result a new awareness of the word(s) would be created, thus leading to a rise in it's usage. I'm curious as how one would determine if a word is no longer in common usage. I'm sure some words are more common in some areas than others.
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#27
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I don't think omitting words would work. If they said they were going to omit words it'd probably make the news just like adding new words makes the news. Then as a result a new awareness of the word(s) would be created, thus leading to a rise in it's usage. I'm curious as how one would determine if a word is no longer in common usage. I'm sure some words are more common in some areas than others.

I guess, I do know some slang terms, olde english, and religion-specific words have been removed at times in the past though.
#29
I couldn't care less.
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#31
I think it's right to add new words in. Maybe not omg, but lol is often pronounced as one word, and used as such.
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#32
I'm okay with whatever they add now, because nothing can be as bad as the time they added Delia Smith to it.
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#33
I heard a dictionary expert on the radio once (yeah- I know) and she said that dictionaries reflect use of words; so if these words are being used extensively by people (which I believe they are) then they should be added to the dictionary. Personally, I think it's stupid because in the end dictionaries are going to be filled up with all manner of unintelligible rubbish. If people are desperate, companies should make separate dictionaries for text-speak and "words" like 'n00b' and 'ZOMG!' etc.
#34
Yes, I do like muffins.
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#35
Why did they put lol...

I can't even tell idiots that it's not a real word anymore..
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#36
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I'd say it would defeat the purpose of a dictionary

A dictionary is to reference and explain words in common usage, not to prescribe what words should be used or how.
#37
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A dictionary is to reference and explain words in common usage, not to prescribe what words should be used or how.

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#38
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