I type Woot! Whenever I want to convey that joy – joy feeling to someone via text or email. So imagine my wootness in finding this piece on the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Europe page…
By Ben Rooney
You can now use sexting, retweet and even woot with impunity after the guardians of the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, have approved them.
The U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, not a newspaper renowned for its embracing of change and modernity, reports on the recent additions.
The latest edition includes “retweet” (to forward a message on Twitter), “sexting” (to send sexually explicit messages by mobile phone) and “cyberbullying” (to use communications technology to intimidate or harass).
The new words were selected after being entered into a database of 2 billion words drawn from contemporary websites and texts to prove their ubiquity.
Angus Stevenson, the dictionary’s editor, said: “It’s how the dictionary has always worked – we get as much evidence as we can so we know it’s not just a small number of people using the word and it’s not going to disappear.
Woot? “Used in electronic communication to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph”. No, me neither.
Works for me! Woot!