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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
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dateline: 23 August 2011

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400 Entries Added To 100-Year-Old Dictionary

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • concise: brief but complete
  • inspire: to influence a choice or decision
  • retweet: to repost someone’s Twitter post
  • cyberbully: a person who attacks or bothers another person repeatedly online
  • “woot”: a cheer of joy
  • context: the background surrounding a word or event

400 Entries Added to 100-Year-Old Dictionary

400 new entries were added to the 12th edition of the Concise Oxford English , many of which were inspired by technology. Additions included
“retweet”, “cyberbully”, and “woot”. OED editor, Angus Stevenson, new words gain dictionary status more quickly now thanks to social networking sites. The dictionary turns 100 years old this month. Definitions for the words “follower” and “friend” have also changed, with notes on the meaning of these words in a social media context. A limited edition of the original 1911 edition has been for the anniversary celebration. While many of the new words in the 12th edition are technology based, the word “computer” did not in the first edition.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why does the report mention the word “follower”?
  2. What did the OED editor say about social networking sites?
  3. Why was a reprint made of the original Concise Oxford English Dictionary?

Discussion Question: According to the dictionary’s editor, the Internet is reducing the variety of English spoken around the world. Can you explain this phenomenon? Do you think this trend will continue?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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