Internet words join the dictionary

1st September 2009

Twitter, online gaming and a range of other internet activities have created a number of words which are now winging their way into the newest edition of the Collins English Dictionary.

A number of phrases are either based around simple onomatopoeic terms developed on instant messaging services or other small words created for ease of communication.

Words range from hmm and heh - commonly used for questioning and minor laughter respectively - to the less immediately understandable mwah, a term usually reserved for noisy kisses only.

Others are particularly reserved for the online gaming community, however, with noob - meaning someone new or uncultured in the ways of the web - and woot, a positive expression of notable achievement or success - also gracing the pages of the dictionary.

Basic abbreviations including OMG and WTF - which are becoming more popular by the day - have also been jotted down by buffs in the ultimate English language tome.

Another social networking phenomenon has been recorded today, after Hitwise data announced that Twitter is now more popular than MySpace in the UK.

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