Yolo, adorbs added to online Oxford Dictionary

Texting and social media has transformed the way people communicate.

Yolo, an acronym for “you only live once” and side eye, which is a sideways glance expressing disapproval, have been added to the online Oxford Dictionary. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Yolo, an acronym for "you only live once" and side eye, which is a sideways glance expressing disapproval, have been added to the Oxford online dictionary.

New words or phrases are only added to the list once independent evidence from a range of sources has proven their widespread use.

Texting and social media has changed the way we communicate and brought a rush of new words and phrases to common use.

Among them "adorbs", meaning cute or adorable, and "binge-watch" which means to avidly watch something.

Monitors report the use of binge-watch has increased 12-fold this year alone but that doesn't guarantee it a place in the paper version of the Oxford English dictionary, though if it continues to be popular, it will force its way in.

As will the phrase, "bank of mum and dad", when a person's parents are regarded as a source of financial support, and "bro hug" for when two males embrace.

That may make you "spit-take", an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny, another new phrase to make it on the list.