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In Terms of Words, 2011 a Revolutionary Year

December 29, 2011

Indeed, some words that originated in the spontaneous and unorthodox social media have been finally accepted by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which is by far the most formal dictionary of the English language.

First, don’t miss Theophrastus’s post/link, “2011: the year in language.” Now, how many of these words do you use or know? Here’s the beginnings of a list (and do you know the new meanings of the last four words?) —



“abatement notice”

“adaptive expectations”

“adult child”


“worried well”

“zero emission”






“abundante cautela”








HT Alessia Leathers

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Russ permalink
    December 29, 2011 5:39 pm

    My daughter is 12 but even before she turned that age, she would sometimes leave the room or get up from the dinner table and say, “BRB.” And I would laugh. The first time this happened my wife looked at me. I smiled and said, “Be right back.” A while ago she saw something on TV and said, “Omg.”

    What a world. LOL

  2. December 30, 2011 8:54 am

    LOL, Russ.

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