Merriam-Webster adds 150 new words including tweep, selfie, Yooper and crowdfunding

By on May 20, 2014, 1:00 PM
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More of the made up words birthed from the internet age like crowdfunding and phablet are being officially added into the dictionary. We last reported when Oxford added terms like derp, twerk and selfie, and now Merriam-Webster is following suit with a new batch of words including tweep and hashtag. Merriam is adding 150 new words to be exact, almost all of which are based on technology, social media and the internet.

"Tweep, selfie, and hashtag refer to the ways we communicate and share as individuals," Merriam-Webster's editor at large Peter Sokolowski said recently. "Words like crowdfunding, gamification and big data show that the Internet has changed business in profound ways."

There are also a number of new additions like steampunk that sound as though they should have been in there years ago, or at least well before tweep, a term referring to one's followers on Twitter, for those that don't already know. Some added terms are cultural in nature though, a Yooper for example, refers to the residents of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, many of which are of Scandinavian decent.

Merriam-Webster also considers insource, pho, poutine, spoiler alert and unfriend all to be official words now as well. Here are a few other new additions along with the date in which Merriam-Webster believes they were first used:

Auto-Tune (v., 2003): to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software esp. to correct sung notes that are out of tune

dubstep (n., 2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns

hot spot (n., new sense): a place where a wireless Internet connection is available

paywall (n., 2004): a system that prevents Internet users from accessing certain Web content without a paid subscription

turducken (n., 1982): a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey

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