Words of the times

Dictionary>> New terms ÔÇó the UK

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imageWhat is common to vuvuzela and carbon capture? The monotone drone heard during the football World Cup and the technique to check climate change are new additions to Oxford Dictionary.

The dictionary defines the horn as a long plastic instrument, which makes a very loud noise when blown and is popular with football fans in South Africa. It defines carbon capture and storage as the process of trapping and storing carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels.

The economic crisis has also introduced new terms. These are toxic debt, debt that has high risk of default, and quantitative easing, introduction of new money into the national supply by a central bank.

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