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Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:38 am
Oxford Dictionaries Online Updating Today
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Oxford Dictionaries Online (which was the Top of the List, Booklist Editors' Choice: Reference Sources, 2010) is updating today. Here's a selected list of additions:

babycino - a drink of hot milk that has been frothed up with pressurized steam, intended for children

backlink - an incoming hyperlink from one web page to another website.

bandwidth – new sense - the energy or mental capacity required to deal with a situation

bloggable - suitable or sufficiently interesting as a topic for a blog

bounce rate - the percentage of visitors to a particular website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page.

buttload - a large number or amount

clickjacking - the malicious practice of manipulating a website user's activity by concealing hyperlinks beneath legitimate clickable content, thereby causing the user to perform actions of which they are unaware

cloud – new sense - a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet and used to store, manage, and process data in place of local servers or personal computers

cyberbullying – the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature

cybersecurity – the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this

diabesity - used to refer to a form of diabetes which typically develops in later life and is associated with being obese

feature phone - a mobile phone that incorporates features such as the ability to access the Internet and store and play music but lacks the advanced functionality of a smartphone.

fnarr fnarr - used to represent sniggering, typically at a sexual innuendo

folktronica - a style of popular music incorporating elements of folk and electronic music

fuel poverty - the condition of being unable to afford to keep one's home adequately heated

gastric band - (in the surgical treatment of obesity) a silicone device placed around the upper section of the stomach, creating a small pouch above the band and thereby restricting the amount of food that can be comfortably eaten.

gazillionaire – an extremely rich person

geddit - do you understand? (used to draw attention to a pun or play on words)

hentai – a subgenre of the Japanese genres of manga and anime, characterized by overtly sexualized characters and sexually explicit images and plots

jazz hands - a gesture originating in musical theatre, in which the hands are waved rapidly to and fro with the palms facing forward and the fingers splayed, used typically to express or indicate excitement or triumph.

kleftiko – a Greek dish consisting of lamb marinated with lemon juice and herbs and cooked slowly in a sealed container

light-bulb moment – a moment of sudden realization, enlightenment, or inspiration

luchador - a person who competes in lucha libre wrestling

lucha libre - a type of professional wrestling originating in Mexico, in which the contestants wear masks and use rapid, acrobatic techniques

mankini – a brief one-piece bathing garment for men, with a T-back

nom nom - used to express pleasure at eating, or at the prospect of eating, delicious food / or (noun) delicious food

onliner - a person who is online; an Internet user.

pay-per-click - (on the Internet) a business model whereby a company that has placed an advertisement on a website pays a sum of money to the host website when a user clicks on to the advertisement.

pornification - the increasing occurrence and acceptance of sexual themes and explicit imagery in popular or mainstream culture

PPC - pay-per-click.

prolly – probably (informal)

red-headed stepchild - a person or thing that is neglected, unwanted, or mistreated

rumour mill - used to refer to the process by which rumours and gossip are originated and circulated among a group of people

scareware - malicious computer programs designed to trick a user into buying and downloading unnecessary and potentially dangerous software, such as fake antivirus protection.

sexting - the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone

silent disco - an event at which people dance to music that is transmitted through wireless headphones rather than played over a speaker system

tanorexia - an obsessive desire to acquire and maintain a suntan, by natural or artificial methods

TBH - to be honest (abbreviation­)

tea party – new sense - a US political party that emerged from a movement of conservatives protesting against the federal government in 2009

textspeak – language regarded as characteristic of text messages, consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons, etc

TMI - too much information (used to indicate that someone has revealed personal information of an embarrassing nature)

trackpad - another term for TOUCHPAD

trolleyed - extremely drunk

womble - wander in a casual or relaxed

See the full list of additions here.

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