Merriam-Webster just released the list of new dictionary words the company will add in 2012. It is an interesting mix from words covering pop culture to science and society. What is interesting, many of those additions paint quite colorful pictures of the things or situations they are describing.
The list includes words and expressions like
- sexting – sending sexual explicit text messages
- man cave – a room in the house (usually basement) designed to the taste of the man of the house
- earworm – a song you can’t get out of your head
- gastropub – a pub or bar that offers good food
- bucket list – a list of things you want to do before you die
- mash-up – something that is created using multiple sources like music or videos
Merriam-Webster Editor at Large Peter Sokolowski says that “They [the new dictionary words] show that English-speakers can be very creative as they describe the world around them.”
The editors monitor the changes in the English language over a longer period of time. Before new words are added to the dictionary, they need to become widely used in a variety of publications.
For even more new words like copernicium, underwater, systemic risk or aha moment, visit the Merriam-Webster website.
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