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‘Photobomb’ & ‘Overshare’ are the Top Words of the Year for Collins and Chambers Dictionary



00This year has been the year for new words due to the use of social media with slangs like ‘Twerking’, ‘Selfie’, and more getting added to the dictionary. Well, as the year wraps up dictionaries are releasing their words for the year and this year two words have taken the top slot so far – Photobomb and Overshare.

Last Year Oxford dictionary revealed ‘Selfie’ as its word for the year (click here if you missed it) and while Oxford dictionary won’t release the 2014 word till November, Collins dictionary and Chambers dictionary are getting a jump-start on things.

Let’s talk about ‘Photobomb’.

This is a word that has certainly become more popular in the past months through Instagram and twitter pictures. “Photobomb” is defined by Collins as “to intrude into the background of a photograph without the subject’s knowledge”. A few pictures went viral this year like Wizkid taking a look at Draya’s behind on a red carpet or the several picture of Jennifer Lawrence pulling funny faces behind people being interviewed on the red carpet.

1853_1385090012 jennifer-lawrence-photobomb.jpg_1097337557Overshare on the other hand simply refers to ‘too much information’ being provided on social media, especially by celebrities. “Overshare” is defined by Chambers as “to be unacceptably forthcoming with information about one’s personal life”. Whether it is updates on a toddler’s toilet training or selfies on Snapchat that leave little to the imagination.

Kim Kardashian seems to have mastered the art of over-sharing.

Overshare 1 Overshare Overshare 2What other words do you think have made an impact this year?

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  1. bruno

    October 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    pls they should include “bye felicia” in the dictionary.

  2. omoibo

    October 25, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    It’s mind blowing the amount of slangs that have been accepted into the dictionary within the past couple of years..

  3. vivian

    October 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Lolz @ “bye felicia”… dictionary meaning of “bye felica” is a random chic you don’t give u a f about………….

  4. ATL's finest???

    October 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Lmao @ Bye Felicia!!! Articles like this needs bye Felicia and that’s all

  5. jennifer

    October 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Very soon na wa oooo would be in the dictionary.

  6. zealss

    October 26, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I think ‘there is God oo’ should b included.

  7. she

    October 27, 2014 at 11:34 am

    na only u waka come?

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