Washington: Lexicographers at Oxford Dictionaries have added a fresh round of tech jargon to its online English dictionary, which includes words like "thx." Some of Friday's additions are the familiar ones, like "tweetable" and "social sharing," which refers to people's growing need to post every piece of daily trivia to the Internet, media reported.

Others like "dumbphone" are also included, even if you don't use the term yourself. But "touchles," for example, might not be as intuitive. According to Oxford, the term refers to gesture-control devices such as Microsoft's Kinect gaming accessory that uses a camera to interpret body motions for game-play.

Still other entries might indeed have people turning to Oxford online to check definitions. "Cruft," a new addition that means badly designed or unwanted software. Each new word and phrase added to Oxford goes through a fairly rigorous assessment, whether it began as a suggestion from the public or if the Oxford team itself suggested the word.

If a proposed entry is used by just one segment of the population, like young teens, it's disqualified. If it's a trademark, it must have broader use, such as generic use as a verb. Oxford consults specialists when necessary, and the dictionaries' editors review proposed entries. Those that make the cut are added to the online dictionary, and later, to printed versions.


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