When twerk becomes a word in the Oxford dictionary online I think there is only one person to point the finger at…
and funnily enough ‘twerk’ hasn’t been the only recent interesting addition.
Take for instance…
srsly – short for seriously
derp – to describe foolishness or stupidity as a noun (also herp derp). such as ‘stop being such a derp Daniel!’ (my brother). Or used as an exclamation after a stupid or foolish comment. derp would be an appropriate following to this…
unlike – the act of withdrawing ones liking approval from a social media site, photo or page
selfie – the act of taking a picture of yourself and then uploading it to a social media site. see here for more on selfies.
TL;DR – a time saving acronym. ‘Too long, didn;t read’. For example, unit guides – tl;dr
So what’s the big deal?
Well i guess im trying to elude to the power that the online world has on our lives and culture. And its interesting that these words are starting to come off our small screens and used in everyday verbal exchanges.
How often have you heard someone say ‘lol’ and you’ve cringed so hard that you’ve gotten shoulder cramps?
These words are commonly strewn across the Internet by users who have developed them and understand them merely because of their engagement in online activities. Their meanings have developed and evolved through user interaction and creation. The significance of these words in online usage has become overwhelming and has thus warranted Oxford’s dictionary online to include them so everyone can understand what a twerk is.
My mum still wont get it though.
Have you heard any other online words used in day-to-day verbal exchanges?
Noticed any other significant language changes due to social media?