Sunday, 4 September 2011


Dubstep, Grime
The words ‘dubstep’ and ‘grime’ have been included in the latest edition of the Chambers English dictionary. While both genres have been active for around about the last 10 years, they have shot to prominence and become household names recently thanks to the success of chart topping acts like Magnetic Man and Tinchy Stryder.

It certainly seems that if dubstep is good enough for Britney Spears, who used a smidgeon of wobble on one of her latest single, it’s definitely good enough for the dictionary.

Robert Williams, commissioning editor of the Chambers dictionary, said: “Chambers only includes words that are here to stay and these music styles have proved that they are."

‘Dubstep’ and ‘grime’ were amongst a slew of new additions, including ‘beatboxing’. ‘Dubstep’ is already included in the Oxford English Dictionary and Chambers have stepped up to the pop-culture mantle and put the terms in their latest edition.

‘Dubstep’ is defined as a ‘type of electronic popular dance music developed from drum and bass’ while ‘grime’ is defined as ‘a style of popular music combining elements of dance hall and hip hop’. Chambers’ version will no doubt spark plenty of debate about what strands of music both genres come from. There doesn’t seem to be any mention of UK garage or the hardcore continuum anywhere…

What this does mean, however, is that dubstep and grime are both very much at the forefront of popular consciousness right now.
Well done them. Rave on!

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