New Words Added To 2014 Dictionary

Merriam-Webster-dictionar-002Our 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! –

  • 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?