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    Selfie and twerk added to the dictionary!

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/08/28/...rk/?hpt=hp_bn8

    Pretty interesting! I saw it and instantly thought of Staci asking on Facebook "What's twerking"?
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    What of the listed words did you not know? I knew "twerking" long before this latest incident, and never thought jean shorts needed a new word to describe them - I think "jorts" sounds too close to "jarts" the lawn darts game ...
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    The only ones I knew were "grats" -- because of college students in my family; and "BYOD". I didn't know twerking till we talked about it on facebook. My nieces use "adorbs" a lot -- why they can't just say the entire word I don't know. I guess we have to shorten everything to fit it into a 140-character tweet or onto a smartphone screen. What has happened to the English language? I don't get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassiesmom View Post
    The only ones I knew were "grats" -- because of college students in my family; and "BYOD". I didn't know twerking till we talked about it on facebook. My nieces use "adorbs" a lot -- why they can't just say the entire word I don't know. I guess we have to shorten everything to fit it into a 140-character tweet or onto a smartphone screen. What has happened to the English language? I don't get it.
    The good thing is English is flexible - and I am guessing in 5 years, adorbs will be completely passť! But at least we English speakers add and drop words, and do not try to keep everything new out! I was also relieved to read that this is just for the online dictionary, these words have not yet necessarily made it into the OED!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/08/28/...rk/?hpt=hp_bn8

    Pretty interesting! I saw it and instantly thought of Staci asking on Facebook "What's twerking"?
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    English is changing in real time, because of texting, tweeting, etc. History will judge the quality of the change, but my late grandmother certainly would not approve!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassiesmom View Post
    The only ones I knew were "grats" -- because of college students in my family; and "BYOD". I didn't know twerking till we talked about it on facebook. My nieces use "adorbs" a lot -- why they can't just say the entire word I don't know. I guess we have to shorten everything to fit it into a 140-character tweet or onto a smartphone screen. What has happened to the English language? I don't get it.
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    THAT give me some hope.

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