The English language is evolving at lightning speed these days, thanks to technology's ubiquitous presence in our lives. In 2014, it seems linguistic changes start with the selfie. Today Merriam-Webster announced the annual updates to its print and online Collegiate Dictionary, which include over 150 new words. One of those terms is selfie, that mark of social networking (also a new word) we love to hate.
More of the geek-flavored words OK'd for use by the ruler of all words nerds are below!
- Big data (noun): an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools.
- Catfish (noun): a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.
- Crowdfunding (noun): the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people, especially from the online community.
- Gamification (noun): the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.
- Hashtag (noun): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet).
- Selfie (noun): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera, especially for posting on social networks.
- Social networking (noun): the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships, especially online.
- Steampunk (noun): science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology.
- Tweep (noun): a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets.
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