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Merriam-Webster adds 'selfie,' more to dictionary

Merriam-Webster's most popular dictionary adds 'selfie,' 'hashtag,' 'poutine,' 'pho,' more

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Dictionary New Words

FILE - In this May 26, 2011, file photo, Karen Ramunno of Ramunno's Pizza and Grill, delivers an order of poutine, a french fry, gravy and cheese dish...

Dictionary New Words

FILE - This May 9, 2014, file photo, shows actor Jon Hamm, right, taking a selfie at the unveiling of his wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York. S...

Dictionary New Words

In this May 15, 2014 photo,

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has added 150 new words, from "selfie" to "poutine."

Many of the words and terms relate to digital life and social media -- spoiler alert, hashtag and tweep -- while others are food-driven, including the Vietnamese staple pho and turducken, a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey.

Merriam-Webster relies on a network of observers who track down word usage. Three or four senior editors make the final selections.

E-waste made it into the update. So did e freegan, one who scavenges for free food in store and restaurant trash bins as a way to reduce consumption of resources.

Other new words in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate, along with the lookup database at Merriam-webster.com:

Poutine, a French Canadian snack or side dish of french fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds; steampunk, a literary genre with dress-up followers that mashes up 19th-century Victorian or Edwardian societies with steam-powered technology; unfriend, which joins defriend; and hot spot, a place where Wi-Fi is available.

And still more: crowdfunding, big data, baby bump, digital divide, dubstep, fangirl and gamification, the process of adding game-like elements to something to encourage participation.


Updated : 2021-01-23 09:45 GMT+08:00