Vuvuzela enters Oxford Dictionary of English





The vuvuzela has blasted its way into the Oxford Dictionary of English for the first time after becoming the sound of the World Cup.

Along with other new words like tweetup, cheeseball and turducken, it is included in the third edition of the dictionary, published today (THURS).

The word vuvuzela has only been in common use since the summer when the long horn began to be heard at the World Cup matches in South Africa.

It is one of more than 2,000 new words and phrases included in the dictionary for the first time.

Other newcomers include: 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).

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