Our world is ever evolving and changing. You have heard the statement, “There are only two things for certain in this life: death and taxes”. Well, I would like to add a third, crazy words being added to the dictionary.
Here are a few of the over 150 words added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary this year.
- Auto-Tune: to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software esp. to correct sung notes that are out of tune
- dubstep: a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns
- baby bump: the enlarged abdomen of a pregnant woman
- catfish: a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
- crowdfunding: the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people esp. from the online community
- freegan: an activist who scavenges for free food (as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants) as a means of reducing consumption of resources
- gamification: the process of adding game or gamelike elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation
- selfie: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera esp. for posting on social networks
- hashtag: a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that clarifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet)
- tweep: a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets
- unfriend: to remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a person’s social networking website
(If you have never seen the Essurance commercial about “unfriending” please watch. IT IS AWESOME! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ0yD-9CDwI)
- hot spot: a place where a wireless Internet connection is available
- spoiler alert: a reviewer’s warning that a plot spoiler is about to be revealed
- steampunk: science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology
- fangirl: a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something
So, how many of these words did you know?