Oxford English Dictionary Adds 'Crowdsourcing,' 'Big Data,' and 'Mouseover'

by Knowlton Thomas | Culture

For those in tech circles, these words have always been legitimate.

But in the eyes of the English Oxford Dictionary, that's not always so. This year, it has finally decided to add the likes of "crowdsourcing," "big data," and "mouseover" to its list of real words. The dictionary has also expanded the definitions of "follower" and "tweet" as a result of Twitter's booming salience.

"There has been a threefold increase in instances of the word tweet between 2006 and 2007 (when Twitter began), and by 2012, this had increased to 50 times," the OED wrote in a blog post.

The dictionary also added the word "e-reader" to describe, well, e-readers.

San Francisco, California, United States

Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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