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Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds ‘Sexting’, ‘F-Bomb’, ‘Mash-Up’



A mash-up list of new words has been added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary for 2012—providing a revealing look at American culture, according to the company.

“Some of the new words this year provide colorful images,” Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster editor-at-large, said in a statement.

“Terms like ‘man cave’, ‘underwater’ (when used to describe mortgages), ‘earworm’, and ‘bucket list’ paint vivid pictures in your mind,” he said. “They show that English-speakers can be very creative as they describe the world around them.”

Words from technology to pop culture and cutting-edge science, and words elevated by foodies, are just a few of the latest additions to the dictionary.

These words include:
  1. aha moment
  2. bucket list
  3. cloud computing
  4. copernicium
  5. earworm
  6. energy drink
  7. f-bomb
  8. game changer
  9. gassed
  10. gastropub
  11. man cave
  12. mash-up
  13. sexting
  14. systematic risk
  15. underwater

Merriam-Webster’s editors constantly monitor the evolving language and add new terms to the dictionary when those words become widely-used across a variety of publications.


[via Merriam-Webster]
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