Oxford English Dictionary Adds ‘Tweet’ & ‘Crowdsourcing’


By Jason Boog Comment

The Oxford English Dictionary has added ‘tweet’ and ‘crowdsourcing’ to its famous lexicon.

OED chief editor John Simpson wrote an article about the newly added words. The verb “crowdsourcing” has been attributed to Jeff Howe and his famous Wired magazine article about the topic. Here’s more from Simpson:

Some notes on the new vocabulary in this batch come from a wide range of semantic regions, as usual. Scientific vocabulary (especially technology) forms a healthy chunk: big datacrowdsourcinge-readermouseoverredirect (the noun), and stream (the verb) … The noun and verb tweet (in the social-networking sense) has just been added to the OED. This breaks at least one OED rule, namely that a new word needs to be current for ten years before consideration for inclusion. But it seems to be catching on.

AllTwitter has more about the Twitter additions to the dictionary:

The OED added the word “tweetable” to its listing in February 2013, and “retweet” in August 2011. Other tech terms in this round of 1,200 newly revised and updated words, bringing the OED’s total number of entries to more than 823,000.