We Did It, Kids: "YouTuber" Is In The Oxford English Dictionary
29 December 2016, 13:15 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:39
Now there's no need for your parents to think it isn't a real job!
Don't ever let anyone tell you that liking YouTubers or even being one is a silly concept again; because now, you've got the freakin' Dictionary backing you up. "YouTuber" was recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary as a part of a routine update; along with 500 other words including "Brexit", "hackathon" and "teleporter". We're truly in the future now, folks.
THE WORD YOUTUBER IS NOW IN THE OXFORD DICTIONARY THIS IS NOT A DRILL CONGRATULATIONS WE EXIST pic.twitter.com/z8DSVIOgrm— Caspar Lee (@Caspar_Lee) December 28, 2016
"YouTuber" is defined as "A frequent user of the video-sharing website YouTube, especially someone who produces and appears in videos on the site."
Evidence for the usage of the word includes articles from the Guardian and New York Times; because clearly the amount of actual creators using it wasn't legitimate enough.
Personally, we're really happy with this description; not only because the entry exists and is easy to understand, but also because it's really inclusive. A lot of people have come to recognise "YouTuber" as a name for just the really successful dozen or so channels that they subscribe to. But this definition opens it up to anyone who is passionate about the community and industry that surrounds the site.
Thanks, dictionary! What words can we expect to see next? Phandom? Collab? Vlogmas? Only time will tell, but this is a pretty cool way for the YouTube community to end 2016.