Steampunk in Oxford English Dictionary

A quick bit of news, via Time Magazine – the word “Steampunk” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, with the definition ” a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advance technology.” Congratulations, steampunk world! We are now as legitimate as “cheeseball,” “vuvuzuela,” “hater,” and “The Interwebs,” among other gems of the English language added to the dictionary at the same time.

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4 Responses to “Steampunk in Oxford English Dictionary”

  1. The Interwebs?!

    The whole reason I say that is to subvert the established order. What am I going to do now?

    Also… Steampunk isn’t just a ‘genre of fiction’ 😀

  2. Time is merely reporting on something that happened a while back. I utilized the OED’s definition of steampunk as far back as December of ’08. It’s just that, to use a cliche in a punning sort of way, TIME is finally catching up with us!

  3. I find it quite telling that there isn’t a mention of “Victorian” anywhere…

  4. Exciting! Thanks for posting this.

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