Tamilians have a reason to celebrate as `Kollywood' has made it to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).
The definitive record of the English language has released its 2020 list of new words in September. The long list comprising of 650 new words will be appearing in OED for the first time and Kollywood is one of them. Besides, there are many new sub-entries and new sense additions to unrevised entries and colloquial words. It is pertinent to mention that Kollywood is the only Indian word to be added in the 2020 updates, unlike the previous years where atleast 5 Indian words were added.
Kollywood can be found in the list of new entries. "The Tamil-language film industry is based in the Kodambakkam neighborhood of Chennai (formerly Madras) in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu," OED said.
This is important and iconic for many reasons. Firstly, the addition of another film industry's name means that the industry itself is globally recognized. In 2019, Tollywood made its way to the dictionary.This is evident by the fact that many Kollywood films enjoy a grand success in the USA and other international markets.
As a historical and descriptive dictionary, the Oxford dictionary also aims to track and record all adaptations of the English language including a wide range of colloquial words. "More than 650 new words, senses, and sub-entries have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in our latest update including code red, craftivist, and Cookie Monster" a statement said.
Other commonly used words included in the dictionary include:
1. Booze: "An unlicensed bar or other drinking establishment, esp. one set up in a private home."
2. Code: "Having a code name."
3. Cybersafety : "Adoption of or adherence to measures which promote the safe usage of computers or the internet, esp. those intended to protect against viruses.
4. Lovebomb : "An effusive demonstration of approval or affection, esp. used as a form of psychological manipulation designed to gain a person's trust, loyalty.