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Selfie, Hashtag Among Words Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Mon, 19 May 2014 19:08:20 +0000

Design Pics/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Merriam-Webster is trying to keep up with the times by adding a raft of new words to its pages.

The Springfield, Massachusetts-based company announced on Monday that selfie, hashtag, crowdfunding and social networking are among more than 150 new words added to its Collegiate Dictionary.

"So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihoods," Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, said in a statement. "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."

Other words that made the cut include catfish, fracking, freegan and Yooper. The latter is "a nickname used for a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan," according to the dictionary.

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