Srsly? Bitcoin, selfie added to Oxford dictionary

The dictionary adds some 40 new words, many tech-inspired, to its online dictionary

By , IDG News Service |  

But Greg Sterling, a tech industry analyst with Opus Research, says Oxford moved too soon in adding some of the technology-inspired slang terms like selfie and "phablet."

"There should be more proven longevity in the words before they're formally incorporated," he said.

Oxford said it had been keeping an eye on the words "selfie" and "phablet" since at least last year, but that's still too fast, Sterling argued.

"Not every expression on the street or to come out of marketing or social media needs to go in the dictionary," he said.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

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