BBM makes it into the dictionary

2012-09-13 14:45
Popular social network platform BlackBerry Messenger has made it into the dictionary. (RIM)

Popular social network platform BlackBerry Messenger has made it into the dictionary. (RIM)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Popular social network platform BlackBerry Messenger has made it into the dictionary.

BBM, as the chat application is known, has been included in the latest edition of the Collins English Dictionary.

The publication considered several words that reflect changing language patterns, including "Wi-Five" for a high five performed at a distance; "Moobs" for undeveloped chest muscles on a man who has not exercised.

BBM has become popular with users of BlackBerry mobile phones because of the accessibility and according to Research In Motion (RIM), up to 98% of South Africans with BlackBerrys use BBM.

Usain Bolt referenced the platform after winning the Olympic gold medal in the 100m race.

"All I gotta do is thank a few people on my BBM with my congrats and that's pretty much it," said Bolt, who also won the 200m and was part of the Jamaican team that won the 4X100m relay.

The service has evolved from its beginnings, allowing users to share content and over 56 million people use BBM globally.

"In recent years, the term 'BBM' has transcended its technological origins to become a brand that is part of the everyday language of millions of people all over the world," said TA McCann, vice president, BBM and Social Communities at BlackBerry maker RIM.

Technology has seen words being included into the vernacular even if they have not been recognised by dictionaries.

People commonly refer to "Googling" a topic online in reference to the internet search giant and "Whatsapp" has also become common among young people to send short messages.

Other terms include "Mxit buddy" to refer to friends made on the local social network and abbreviations like "brb", "lol" and "gr8" are often used as text message shorthand.


- Follow Duncan on Twitter
 
- News24
Read more on:    blackberry  |  rim  |  mobile
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

BMW drift battle: M235i vs. speedway bike

Watch this insane drift contest with four-times dirt-track World champion Karl Maier riding a speedway bike against a BMW M235i.

 
 

Men24.com

Want to start talking dirty?
Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off ALL TV Series

Choose from 1000’s of the hottest TV Series . While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong focus on social interaction and connecting with your friends. You may have the need to expand and connect with a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.