Oxford Dictionaries Online (not the OED, or even the ODE, but a resource that is freely available online) has published its latest quarterly update. New entries include several words and expressions you have probably already heard, including e-learning, hosepipe ban, guilty pleasure and video chat. Genius has gone in as an adjective, and dog food has gone in as a verb – it is used chiefly among computer companies and means ‘to use a product or service developed by one’s company so as to test it before it is made available to customers’. Inbox has also gone in as a verb. There is a new sense of the noun takeaway: ‘a key fact, point, or idea to be remembered, typically one emerging from a discussion or meeting’.
Social networking is responsible for a few entries, including tweeps (a person’s followers on Twitter) and hat tip: ‘(in online contexts) used as an acknowledgement that someone has brought a piece of information to the writer’s attention, or provided the inspiration for a piece of writing’.
My favourite word in the list is mwahahaha, which is ‘an exclamation used to represent laughter, esp. manic or cackling laughter such as that uttered by a villainous character in a cartoon or comic strip’.
Here are all the words.