Spoiler alert: New dictionary words include hashtag, baby bump, selfie — and catfish?
If you fancy yourself a freeganfangirl who's into taking selfies and sending them to your tweeps, than you should be especially stoked for the 150 new words Merriam-Webster is adding to its 2014 collegiate dictionary.
The dictionary seems to have its finger on the proverbial pulse, with the inclusion of such buzzy words as spoiler alert, steampunk and baby bump.
Houston foodies will be happy to know that two of our favorite dishes also made the cut.
And, as has been the pattern in recent years, Merriam-Webster is adding a host of technological jargon including hashtag, digital divide, unfriend, crowdfunding, social networking, gamification and bigdata. "These new additions to America's best-selling dictionary reflect the growing influence technology is having on human endeavor, especially social networking, once done mostly in person," the company said in a press release.
Houston foodies will be happy to know that two of our favorite dishes also made the cut. In addition to turducken, the magical triple-fowl masterpiece increasingly showing up on Thanksgiving tables, pho and poutine are also new to the dictionary. Michigan natives can also break out the celebratory bubbly, since yooper (we'll save you a Google, it's a resident of Michigan's Upper Peninsula) also made the cut.
But perhaps the weirdest addition to the tome is catfish. Inspired by the documentary film and television spin-off by the same name, catfish is "a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes."
The documentary's filmmakers reacted to the cultural milestone saying, "Never in a thousand years could we have imagined what a phenomenon Catfish would become. Seeing this new definition in Merriam-Webster's dictionary is not only an honor for us, it is a reflection of how our experience in the film has now become a universal one, shared by people all over the world."
We can't imagine it either.