What's the latest word in vocabulary?
Actually, there are quite a few of them, according to Oxford Dictionaries Online, which announced last week that it was adding more than 40 new words to its compendium of commonly used English language words.
Many of the new additions trace their roots -- shallow though they may be -- to smartphone users and the slang, acronyms and abbreviations used in texting.
Alphabetically, the list of newly sanctioned words starts with "apols," an abbreviation for apologies, as in "apols to all who don't consider this a real word." It ends with "unlike," which in this context means to withdraw one's approval of a person, place or thing posted on a social media website.
Next to last on Oxford's list of new words is "twerk." If anyone didn't know the meaning of the word last month, they probably got acquainted with it last week, after Miley Cyrus twerked her way into international infamy at the VMA Awards show.
It was the definition of a "buzzworthy" event, "buzzworthy" being another word that made the cut for the online dictionary update.
While "buzzworthy" could have a place in the language of beekeepers or marijuana growers, Oxford decided that it means "likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public, either by media coverage or word of mouth."