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Jul 7, 2017

These Words Need to be Added to the English Dictionary

Apart from the numerous abbreviations that have emerged overtime due to the use of social media, some new words have also paddled themselves into the social network. The presence of these words is made known by the occupants of the different social media platforms through the way they use them to communicate with one another.

These Words Need to be Added to the English Dictionary
These words are not contained in any of the English dictionaries but with the way they are being used, I will not be surprised if I see them in the newest edition of any English dictionary. After all, there are words like "Instagram" and "Snapchat" being used as nouns and verbs in some current online dictionaries. That is why you can boldly tell someone that you are instagramming or snapchatting and if for any reason the person tries to dispute that, you quickly open one online dictionary. Well, that's English for you - it changes with time; new words come in and some older words become archaic.

Therefore, when you start seeing these words I will be discussing today, know that you first read it on These words are:

1. Whatsapp
The word "Whatsapp" now functions as noun, adjective and verb. As a noun, it is a social networking app, e.g. You can send it on WhatsApp. As an adjective, it qualifies a noun, e.g. I didn't get your whatsapp message. As a verb, it is an action word, e.g. please, Whatsapp me.

SEE: 25 English words coined from the Igbo language

It also has its continuous form (whatsapping). Like the slay queens when discussing a guy with their fellow slay queens will say, "he keeps whatsapping me despite the warning I gave him".
2. Facebooker
This is mostly used on Facebook. It is formulated by Facebook users to refer to one who uses or chats on Facebook. However, you can find "Facebook" being used as a noun and a verb in most electronic dictionaries.

Do well to add to the list (if you have any in mind) by using the comment box. Cheers!



Tammy Reuben Is A Graduate Of English And Literary Studies Whose Love For Teaching English As A Second Language And Providing Students With Useful Educational And Secular Information Resulted In The Creation Of This Blog.