Cyberbullying enters the Concise Oxford English Dictionary

Cyberbullying (noun): The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature: children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying.

This week the Concise Oxford English Dictionary added 400 new entries to the reference guide. Amongst these were many technology related words including cyberbullying (as defined above), sextingretweet and textspeak.

Angus Stevenson, current editor of the dictionary, explains in the OUP blog “the new 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary contains some 400 new entries, including cyberbullyingdomestic goddess, gastric bandsextingslow food, and textspeak. These additions are just carrying on the tradition of a dictionary that has always sought to be progressive and up to date.”

In addition, a number of words have had their definition refined. For instance, friend is also ‘a contact on a social networking website’

About Gavin May

Gavin May is a parent at Ivanhoe Grammar School and formerly the Director of ICT. www.icybersafe.com is aimed at helping parents live in a connected world, where the internet is central to much of what we do, and certainly much of what our children do. The easy option is to just block it - the better option is to get involved and stay informed.
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