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DICTIONARY: Hashtag, Selfie and Tweep Among Merriam-Webster's New Words

 
Posted May 20th, 2014 @ 3:03pm

DICTIONARY: Hashtag, Selfie and Tweep Among Merriam-Webster's New Words

Merriam-Webster has added more than 150 new words and definitions to their Collegiate Dictionary in 2014, they announced on Monday, and it shouldn't be too big of a surprise that some of those words are related to technology and social media.

Included in the new bunch of words are hashtagselfie and tweep (a person who uses Twitter), as well ascrowdfundingbig data and gamification. But not all the new words are necessarily modern. Steampunk, for example, is "science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology."

Other new words, which come from kitchens or restaurants, include the soup known as pho, the chicken-duck-turkey combo turducken and the dressed up French fries known as poutine.

Source: Merriam-Webster

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