Rather controversially The Collins English Dictionary has taken to Twitter to discover new words for its latest edition – allowing users to have the final say – and it turns out the Twictionary has voted #adorkable as its winner! ‘What is the world coming to?’ some may say. Others who wholeheartedly embrace the digital revolution think it’s a cracking way to inject modern colloquialisms into everyday use such as SocialB’s partner Simon Haley who picked up on this news item due to the inclusion of the term “felfie” – a Farmer selfie – relevant because Simon has been instrumental in sharing the value of social media in the agricultural sector.
Andrew Freeman, associate publisher at Collins, said: “Twitter offers us an immediate snapshot of how much a word is used. The tried and tested approach to compiling dictionaries has to adapt to embrace the ways in which language is developing through use on social media, and this is a fun way to get Twitter users involved in defining the language.”
Simon agrees: “Social media is the Holy Trinity for rural and sometimes isolated farmers, providing a platform on which Community, Awareness and Research thrive. It’s great that felfie’s was shortlisted by Collins and the support behind this word gave adorkable a good run for its money”.
So, which words made the shortlist? And how many do you know? Take our quick pop quiz!
ANSWERS BELOW– no peeking!
- Dorky in an adorable way
- A large mass of solid waste, grease, etc., clogging a sewerage system
- A farmer selfie
- A gay-friendly neighbourhood such as Castro in San Francisco
- A selfie of a woman without make-up, posted online to raise awareness for a charity
- Posting a deliberately vague status updates on social media to prompt a response
- The traditional pouting facial expression in selfies;
- An activist against fracking;
- The original pro-Europe protests in Ukraine, named for Maidan Square in Kiev.
How many did you get?! Apparently I’m not as “down-with-the-kids” as I thought, despite living and breathing social media. Now, where’s my dictionary…?
Do you have a social media inspired word which you like to use and think should be considered for The Collins English Dictionary? Comment below, we’d love to hear them!