If the recent amendments to the Oxford Dictionaries Online are any indication, the shifting sands of the English language have been so severely eroded by The Internet that in fifteen years time we will all be murmuring nonsense to each other using a curious mixture of acronyms, vuvuzela blasts and butt undulations.
The latest inclusions to the venerated online English language reference tool include a raft of terms that no one should ever say in real life, including: apols, a colloquial truncation of apology which if ever used should be punishable by death, vom, that thing you do if someone ever says apols, and phablet, which is apparently what all the cool kids are calling
ostentatiously dressed tablet devices a screen that is somewhere between the size of a smartphone and a tablet.
Fashun terms also abounded with words likes jorts (jean shorts), A/W (autumn winter), balayage (graduated hair colour), fauxhawk (the ‘do preferred by douchebags), flatforms (flat, thick soled shoes), and geek chic (Seth Coen) also included.
Other additions included selfie, twerk, squee, emoji and derp or bizarre sounding words that no one would have understood five years ago.
We’ve come a long way people. Remember, Shakespeare made up words too.
See the full list here.