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Sexting, Retweet and Cyberbullying Added to Dictionary

It seems the internet and social media are responsible for new words all the time. Earlier this year, the Oxford English Dictionary's inclusion of the "new words" 'OMG,' 'LOL,' 'FYI' and, my favorite, '♥,' made headlines around the world. Now, the world-renowned dictionary is adding a few more phrases to its pages that the tech-savvy might recognize.

The Oxford English Dictionary updates its pages four times a year, and according to the Daily Mirror, the latest update will include 'retweet,' 'cyberbullying,' 'sexting,' 'mankini,' and 'jeggings.'

The Telegraph cites Oxford English Dictionary Editor Angus Stevenson as saying the new words were chosen the same way new words always have been:

"There's no official panel of cabinet ministers for new words or anything like that," he told Channel 4 News, explaining that they gather as much evidence as possible that the word is widely used and not going to disappear anytime soon.

While some may find the addition of 'OMG,' 'LOL' or 'retweet' to the dictionary irksome, it's important to remember that a dictionary is only as useful as it is up-to-date. You may not use (or even like) the aforementioned terms, but they are commonly used and, as such, it's important that definitions for those words exist.