Oxford Dictionaries Online added hundreds of words and phrases to its online database Thursday, many of which reflect the technology-influenced world we live in.
This branch of the Oxford family is focused on modern usage: the language people are using now. And if the addition is any indication, we are talking a lot about tech—from ridesharing to bioprinting—, not to mention using more abbreviations and acronyms as words.
Here are some highlights from the quarterly update, along with definitions:
AFAIC (abbrev.): abbreviation for ‘as far as I’m concerned.’
awk (adj.): of a situation, causing uneasy embarrassment; awkward or uncomfortable.
bioprinting (n.): the use of 3D printing technology with materials that incorporate viable living cells, e.g. to produce tissue for reconstructive surgery.
colorblocking (n.): in fashion and design, the use of contrasting blocks or panels of solid, typically bright color.
data scientist (n.): a person employed to analyze and interpret…
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