There are many new words being added to the dictionary at all times. These include "twerking" or "Google" but who decides if it should be in the dictionary and be an English word?

Here is my theory. One super big company like Oxford, decides that this particular word should be added. Then many other companies just copy them like sheep?

Show what really makes an English word an English word?


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This video might help: http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/0031-newwords.htm

I agree. Sometimes it does seem as though a group of five people decide which words become official. :-)

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