HEARD of a mummy blogger, green tape or citizen science?
These words are among the 5557 new words added to the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary, released yesterday.
Central West Libraries manager Jan Richards said she was happy to know so many new words had made it into the dictionary’s sixth edition.
The words come from social media, business, science and technology, and include formal and informal words.
Mrs Richards says the addition of new words in the dictionary is vital to keep it up-to-date with how real people communicate.
“It’s really important, certainly because there are words constantly coming into our vocabulary, especially with social media,” she said.
“It’s being able to refer people to an authoritative resource ... it also has it there as a record.”
Dictionary editor Susan Butler said social media and mobile phones played a big role in the formation of new words.
“Social media is contributing more than its fair share,” she said.
“A certain amount of SMS code becomes colloquialism and is used away from the phone.”
Shortened words from these now commonplace phrases, including I’ll defs see you tomoz (I will definitely see you tomorrow), I’m totes with you (I’m totally with you) and yolo (you only live once) have been included in the dictionary.
“These are all things that were initially SMS codes that have come out to the broader community,” Ms Butler said.
The sixth edition of the Macquarie Dictionary will also appear online later this year.