The Collins English Dictionary has made some interesting additions to its database. One of which has been creating quite a buzz is BBM. Apparently, the announcement was made some days ago but since I was just hearing it for the first time, I thought it might be news to some people too. So here it goes: Blackberry’s instant messaging service, BBM has been added to the latest edition of Collins English Dictionary.
The shorthand for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Messenger software, is listed in the dictionary as an abbreviation as well as a noun and a verb.
It is always interesting to see common terms make their way into the dictionary and BBM is no exception. With the large number of Blackberry users in Nigeria today, the word BBM is probably mentioned millions of times weekly. At least, now we can call it “an English word”.
This month also, other interesting additions were made to the Collins English Dictionary. Some of them which stood out to me are: amazeballs, bashtag, bridezilla, Bing, throw someone under the bus, cyberbully, cyberstalking, data cap, Facebook, FaceTime, fanboy, floordrobe, frenemy, hyperconnectivity, IM, mummy porn, liveblog, livestream, lolz, lollage, new money, photobomb, tiger mother, touch-ready, tweetup, Twitterer, Twittersphere and Verbal diarrhoea.
Here are a few of some interesting words and their definitions:
Amazeballs: (slang) an expression of enthusiastic approval
BBM: abbreviation for ® BlackBerry Messenger: an instant messaging application for BlackBerry devices
Bridezilla: (slang) a woman whose behaviour in planning the details of her wedding is regarded as intolerable
Bashtag: (informal) (on the Twitter website) a hashtag that is used for critical and abusive comments
Facebook: a popular social networking website
Floordrobe: (informal) a pile of clothes left on the floor of a room
Lolz: (slang) a variant spellinɡ of lulz
And then I checked out the meaning of lulz: a plural of LOL ‘laugh(ing) out loud’, an abbreviation commonly used in internet and text-message
And as if that wasn’t enough, there was Lollage!
Lollage: the practice of using the text messaging abbreviation LOL
Mummy porn: (informal, derogatory) a genre of erotic fiction designed to appeal to women
New money: money and wealth that has not been inherited; a wealthy individual or family whose fortune has been earned or won rather than inherited
Twitterer: a person who posts messages on the Twitter website
Verbal diarrhoea: (informal) a tendency to speak at excessive length
Meanwhile, the Urban Dictionary defines amazeballs in a different and funny way: Some annoying term Perez Hilton keeps trying to make happen, by saying it repeatedly, even though it makes no sense, and getting twitter followers to try and make it a trending topic, to make himself more famous for no reason.
Some of those words really cracked me up like Bashtag, Cyberbully, Twitterer… Wow! See what social media has caused.
And then words like Verbal diarrhoea, Lolz and Lollage now have an accepted meaning ehn!
Oh look at me, I’m already adding my own words. Infact, why don’t we have words like ehn, hmm, abi, sebi and azonto in the dictionary? Won’t that be cool? Probably I should start making the submissions. As noted on the Collins Dictionary website, they are still accepting new word suggestions and will be updating the site regularly with the latest words to enter the English language.
So which words would you love to see added to the dictionary? What do you think about these recent additions to the English dictionary?