Top 15 words added to Merriam-Webster dictionary
NEW YORK — Top 15 words and definitions added to the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary:
Auto-Tune or auto-tune vt (verb transitive) (2003): a proprietary signal processor, to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software, especially to correct sung notes that are out of tune
cap-and-trade adj (1995): relating to or being a system that caps the amount of carbon emissions a given company may produce but allows it to buy rights to produce additional emissions from a company that does not use the equivalent amount of its own allowance
catfish n (1612): (second definition) a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
crowdfunding n (2006): the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people, especially from the online community
dubstep n (2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns
fangirl n (1934): a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something
freegan n (2006): an activist who scavenges for free food (as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants) as a means of reducing consumption of resources
gamification n (2010): the process of adding games or gameline elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation
hashtag n (2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text, such as a tweet
selfie n (2002): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera, especially for posting on social networks
social networking n (1998): the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships, especially online
steampunk n (1987) science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology
turducken n (1982): a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey
tweep n (2008): a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets
Yooper n (1977): a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname
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