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The Collins English Dictionary has taken to Twitter to find new words for the next edition of the lexicon, and is asking users to choose which words should make the final edition.

The shortlist of words includes ‘fracktivist’, which refers to someone who protests against fracking, and ‘felfie’ - a term used to describe a farmer who takes a selfie picture.

The 12th edition of the dictionary will be the first to contain a word that has been voted for by Twitter users.

Until midnight on May 28, Twitter users can vote for the new word that will go straight into the next edition of the dictionary, which is due to be released in October this year.

Collins says the rise of social media and the hashtag has seen new words and ideas become mainstream much quicker than in the past.