Hashtag, Selfie & More: Merriam-Webster’s Latest Additions To Its Collegiate Dictionary

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Merriam-Webster has announced the newest terms to be added to its pages. Words like “hashtag,” “selfie” and “tweep” have entered the big book of words, showing how technology continues to influence society.

Another word that joining the lexicon is “catfish,” which M-W says ” refers to a person who sets up a false social networking profile for deceptive purposes.” The definition also specifically calls out the popular documentary that inspired the new definition, saying the term was  “popularized by the documentary and television series of the same name and by last year’s strange story of football player Manti Te’o’s nonexistent girlfriend.”

Catfish producers and creators Ariel (Rel) Schulman, Henry Joost, and Nev Schulman reacted to this news stating, “Seeing this new definition in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is not only an honor for us, it is a reflection of how our experience in the film has now become a universal one, shared by people all over the world.”

Merriam-Webster’s editor at large Peter Sokolowski told consumers these word choices along with 150 others were entered because, “so many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihoods. Tweep, selfie, and hashtag refer to the ways we communicate and share as individuals. Words like crowdfunding, gamification, and big data show that the Internet has changed business in profound ways.”

Other additions include “freegan,” “turducken” and “crowdfunding.”

Are these words a part of your every day lingo? The latest edition of Merriam-Webster is on bookshelves (and online), right now!

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