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New Webster's Dictionary Words 2014

Webster’s Dictionary Accepts a Slew of New Tech Words; Recognize Them?

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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