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Updated on July 31, 2014

Yesterday I had happened to see an article written by Dr Albert p Rayan, the Editor of Eltecs ISL Newsletter and an Elt resource person and Associate Professor at KCG College of Technology Chennai. He asked that, "How does a word get into a dictionary? To decide which words to include in the dictionary and to determine what they mean, editors of dictionaries study the language as it's used.They monitor which words people use most often and how they use them" . Fields such as technology, politics, pop culture and sports give birth to new words.

According to him Some of the words that have gained legitimacy are,Social media, tweet, m-commerce, crowdsourcing, bromance,upskilling,cougar, helicopter parent and boomerang child. He gives definitions and example sentences of some words.

1) Crowdsourcing:A blend of 'crowd' and 'outsourcing', is the practice of obtaining information from a large group of people from the online community rather than from traditional employee or suppliers. Example, Crowdsourcing can improve productivity and creativity while minimizing labor and research expenses.

2) M-comerce: A business transaction conducted using a mobile electronic device such as a mobile phone. eg: IBM survey shows considerable increase in Christmas Day m-commerce.

3) Cougar: A middle-aged woman who is primarily attracted to and has sex with significantly younger men.The cougar phenomenon was see in 'the Graduate', in which middle-aged Mr Robinson seduces fresh-out-of-college Benjamin Braddock.

4) Bromance: A blend of 'bro' and 'romance' it is a closed non- sexual friendship between men. Example: A Bromance is definitely developing between Tony Dara Angnza, Michael Cera and Martin Starr after a few hours of hanging out.

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you very much.

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      Louise Lately 5 years ago from London, UK

      very interesting new words! voting up :)

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you very much for visiting and valuable comment.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I was accused of being a cougar a time or two. Great hub!

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you very much I will keep your valuable comments

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      very nice hub, I didnt know twitter has already made to dictionary. Love this.. voted it up

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you very much madam, I am very glad to know about it make interest to you.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow I have learned a lot.. cougar? lol. great hub.

      sharing

      Debbie

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you sir.

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you very much, for visiting and commenting.

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      Charles Dawson 5 years ago from Bartow, FL

      Being a fan of linguistics, I found this hub quite interesting. I did already know few terms, but I had never heard of "m-commerce" though. I just thought that subject fell under "e-commerce". Nice job!

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you for visiting dear.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      I am fascinated by the history of words and really enjoyed reading this. In your example (#3), I think MRS Robinson seduced the college grad. That was a great movie and an excellent example of a couger.

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      My language is malayalam, but I can read and write English, but I am not like you because you are a grate person for handling English.

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      Judith C Evans 5 years ago from Boise, ID

      I enjoyed reading this! It's interesting to see how the language changes.

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      Peter 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the updates. It just shows that English is a great adaptable language and is constantly evolving :-)

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Interesting, I hadn't heard of the Bromance! Up and interesting.

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you very much dear friend

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      jjexon 5 years ago

      Nice work dear

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      Anil 6 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you for visit.

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      Anil 6 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you for your comment.

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      Angela Brummer 6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Cute I love this!

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