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article imageOxford dictionary cuts 'cassette tapes', adds sexting, retweet

By Kim I. Hartman     Oct 7, 2011 in Business
The Oxford English Dictionary has released its 12th edition of the century old book and in it readers will find 400 new terms that reflect the changing times, along with dozens of words that have lost popularity and been omitted from the abridgement.
According to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, words like cyberbullying, domestic goddess, gastric band, slow food, and textspeak are in, while cassette tape, brabble (defined as a paltry noisy quarrel) and growlery (a place to growl in) are out.
The powers that be for the Oxford Dictionary, which prides itself on being progressive and up to date in an ever changing world, have made way for other commonly used words, which include sexting, retweet, noob, woot, and mankini.
The latest edition will also include slightly altered definitions for terms that have been listed since its beginning a hundred years ago, in an effort to reflect the world's obsession with social networking.
"Among the new meanings added to the 12th edition of the Concise is one for follower, ‘someone who is tracking a particular person, group, etc. on a social networking site’. While the definition of the word friend has been updated to include ' a contact on a social networking website." A far stretch from the first edition, released in 1911, where friend was defined as ‘person who acts for one, e.g. as second in duel’.
Not everyone is happy with the changes to the Oxford Dictionary, reports HuffPo.
Bucks Burnett, owner of the Eight Track Museum in Dallas, where cassette tapes can be found on display, said he is removing the Oxford Dictionary from his establishment.
"Mankini," said Burnett. "That settles it. I'm going to ban the Oxford Dictionary from the museum. I have a copy and I'm going to recycle it. This decision to remove the word was made inside a Starbucks by 20-something editors on their lunch break. See if they still have the moon listed in the dictionary. I bet they do. Nobody uses the damn moon anymore, not even NASA."
While 'cassette tape' may cease to exist in the Oxford Dictionary Time points out they haven't disappeared from the world, and are still being made, sold, and used. And not just by children of the 80s, said Time, "who can't let go of the past."
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