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Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Tweet’, ‘Bromance’, ‘Crowdsourcing’

The words “tweet”, “bromance” and “crowdsourcing” are some of the 150 new words added to the 2011 Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

“Even if people had no interest of possible chance of getting a Twitter account themselves, they now have to know what ‘tweet’ means, and that’s why it’s in the dictionary,” Merriam-Webster’s editor at large Peter Sokolowski told the AP.

“Tweet” and “crowdsourcing” join a bevy of tech-related terms that span the pedestrian (“social media”) to the obscure (“robocall”: “a telephone call from an automated source that delivers a pre-recorded message to a large number of people”).

Other, non-tech-related words include: “cougar” (not the cat); “fist bump”; “parkour”; and “walk-off”.

[via AP]
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