Selfie, Emoji: Several Trending Words Officially Added To The Dictionary [LOOK]

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Puzzle and scrabble might get even more difficult as some new words have been added to the Merriam-Webster Unabridged English dictionary.

Selfie, Meme, Tweep, Jegging, Emoji are among 1,700 trending terms that were added to the dictionary in May 2015 possibly to make usage of various social media easier as these words are common place most recently.

According to Merriam-Webster spokeswoman, Meghan Lunghi other new words include clickbait, a noun defined as “something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest”.

Selfie is defined as an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks

Hashtag on the other hand means a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet)

Tweep means a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets

Meme is defined as an idea, behavior, style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.

Photobomb means to move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank.

Jegging usually plural is defined as “a legging that is designed to resemble a tight-fitting pair of denim jeans and is made of a stretchable fabric.”

The abbreviation “NSFW,” which stands for “Not Safe (or suitable) For Work,” is among the latest entries and it is a term used to issue a warning that something, such as a post, photos and some other related things are not appropriate for viewing at work places to avoid an embarrassing situation that could get worse to the point that one is laid off from the job.

Some nouns used to refer to food and drinks also added to the dictionary include: Chilaquiles” Crema, Lambrusco and Macaron.

About 160 new music and law terms, such as Cyberstalking, Identity fraud and Hsaing-waing, which is a traditional Burmese musical ensemble mainly of drums and gongs.

In a press release, Merriam-Webster said the new words “reflect the growing influence technology is having on human endeavor, especially social networking.”

It is expected that the newly added words will appear both online and in the 2014 print edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.


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