London: The African horn ‘vuvuzela’ has made its way to the Oxford Dictionary of English after becoming the sound of the World Cup.
The word vuvuzela, included in the third edition of the dictionary, has only been used commonly since the summer when the long horn began to be heard at the World Cup matches in South Africa.
A spokesman for publishers Oxford University Press said that the dictionary, which was first published in 1998, is based on a huge word bank or corpus, which is continually being added to.
“The Oxford Dictionary of English was the first dictionary to be fully based on evidence of how language is really used, with words and senses derived from the latest corpus research,” The Telegraph quoted the spokesman as saying.”
Other fresh entries in the dictionary were ‘tweetup’- a meeting arranged through Twitter; ‘cheeseball’ - lacking taste or style; and a ‘turducken’ a roast dish consisting of a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey.
Chill pill: a notional pill to make someone calm; and Bromance: a close but non-sexual relationship between two men; have also entered the dictionary.