London, Great Britain – Oxford University has just announced the newest additions to the world’s largest dictionary in English.
Technology and the Interet are as popular as ever in providing new words, from lock screen and headcam to cyberespionage. Cyberespionage came about as a result of recently-revealed practices by the U.S. National Security Administration (NSA) to spy on phone conversations and Internet communications among governments and private citizens.
Astrology’s newest word contribution is protoplanet, defined as a small celestial object that is the size of a moon or a bit bigger. Astronomers believe that these objects form during the creation of a solar system.
Food coma, another addition to the Oxford Dictionaries, is the feeling of listlessness, bordering on sleep, that one feels after eating a large meal, often caused by a rush of blood to the stomach and intestines during food digestion.
But the most popular yet controversial word addition is ‘selfitis,’ the obsessive-compulsive urge to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media. Earlier this month, The Adobo Chronicles broke the story regarding the American Psychiatric Association officially classifying selfie-taking as a mental disorder.
Last year, Oxford Dictionaries named ‘selfie’ as their 2013 word of the year. Will ‘selfitis’ be the word for 2014?