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Oxford English Dictionary gets an update

June 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM

LONDON, June 15 (UPI) -- The Oxford English Dictionary has released a new issue, which includes more than 1,200 newly revised and updated words.

The latest update of the dictionary includes new revised definitions for the words follow, follower, and tweet, all of which have taken on new meanings since 2007 when Twitter launched online, the OED said Thursday in a release.

"While every word entering the OED requires several independent examples over a period of time, a number of additions to the OED resonate with current themes in the news," the release said. "'Debt trap,' a situation in which a debt is difficult or impossible to repay (typically because of high interest payments), is a brand new entry, although it appears the 'debt trap' isn't a new phenomenon: The OED team has discovered the term in use as early as 1857."

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