AOS 2 unit 4 journal: Oxford Dictionaries Adds ‘Hot Mess,’ ‘Side Boob,’ ‘Throw Shade’

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Title  Oxford Dictionaries Adds ‘Hot Mess,’ ‘Side Boob,’ ‘Throw Shade’
Date  13th August 2014
Author  Katy Steinmetz
Publication  Time
Key Ideas (Point Form)
  •  Oxford dictionaries has added many new words to their online database.
  • This is a step taken to standardise new language and to give a resource for those who come across these new words and do not understand them.
  • This words are not being entered in the Oxford English dictionary, for words to be accepted into OED they must have significant historical impact.
Feature of Language  Word formation: compounding, acronyms, initialisms and shortenings.
Aspects of the Course this Article Relates to.  Attitudes within society to different varieties of English, including prescriptivism and descriptivism.The role of language in constructing national identity.

social and personal variation in language according to factors such as age, gender, occupation, interests, aspiration and education.

The relationship between social attitudes and language choices.

My opinion on the Article’s comments.  New words are being created and used every year. The use of the internet can allow new words to travel the word and being used internationally instantly. Therefore it is important for bodies such as Oxford dictionaries to record these words in a formal database. This allows those who are unsure of the meaning of these new words to understand them. By recording these neologisms they are becoming standardised. Many of these words will not last and will begin to decrease in popularity but others will become apart of mainstream English just like words such as “chick”  and “flip flops” have done in the past.
Quotes  “binge-watch (v.): watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession.”“bro hug (n.): a friendly embrace between two men.”

tech-savvy (n.): well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology.

time-poor (adj.): spending much of one’s time working or occupied.


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