Merriam-Webster adds ‘selfie,’ ‘hashtag’ to dictionary
It’s official: “selfie” and “hashtag” are now recognized as part of America’s vocabulary. Merriam-Webster announced that these words, along with more than 150 others, will be immortalized in its 2014 Collegiate Dictionary.
The web slang phrases aren’t the only social media-related additions.
“So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihoods,” said Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large for Merriam-Webster, in a press release. “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.”
Here are a few of the fun new words and their official definitions:
crowdfunding: the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people especially from the online community
hashtag: a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies 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 Web site
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