Merriam-Webster is adding over 150 words to the newest edition of its ”Collegiate Dictionary.”
There are a lot of tech related words:
3. Hot spot . . . as in a WiFi hot spot.
4. Big data, which they define as, “an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools”
6. Crowdfunding . . . when you raise money through websites like Kickstarter
7. Dubstep-that’s the electronic music that pretty much requires a computer to create
8. E-waste . . . which is anything tech-related that you throw away
9. Social networking
10. Tweep . . . a person who uses Twitter
11. Catfish . . . as in someone “catfishes” you online, and pretends to be someone they’re not
12. Fangirl…obviously it’s the female version of fanboy, as in, a girl who’s WAY too into something. They’re both kind of an online phenomenon.
13. Spoiler alert
But there are actually a few words that DON’T deal directly with technology and the Internet. The top seven are:
1. Baby bump
3. Freegan-that’s, “an activist who scavenges for free food . . . as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants . . . as a means of reducing consumption of resources”
4. Gamification . . . where you add game elements to something that ISN’T a game to make more people interested in it
5. Steampunk . . . which is, “science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology”
6. Turducken . . . “a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey”
7. Yooper . . . a native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
So, I decided to run around the office and ask my co-workers to help define some of these words! What fun!
Here’s a little bit of what they had to say:
A big thanks to my fab office-mates for helping out! You guys are the best!