WTF, Emoji, Photobomb, Meme and Many More Internet-Age Words Added to the Dictionary
The English language is like a living thing, constantly growing and evolving. Last week, the Merriam-Webster’s unabridged dictionary added 1,700 words – foods, animals, technology and much more.
But in the Internet Age, with ever-advancing technology, it’s no surprise that tech terminology is taking over the English language: words like “meme” and “emoji,” vocabulary related to online advertising and other web activities (“clickfraud” and “clickbait” made it into the dictionary). Merriam-Webster even added abbreviations that stemmed from texting, online messaging, and other social media platforms like “NSFW” (not safe for work) and “WTF” (what the f…you get it).
It’s happened again: this dictionary has gotten bigger. As of last week, it’s grown by more than 1,700 entries, and existing entries have expanded by more than 700 new senses. We’ve added 3,200 examples that provide contextual information, and another 200 entries for some of the words people most frequently look up have been updated and enhanced.
At this rate, pretty soon we’ll have to split the dictionary up into a bunch of volumes or shrink the font down until it’s barely legible.
Check out some of the newest members of the English language and their meanings: