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Selfie, Hashtag, and More Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary Selfie, Hashtag, and More Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you’re set to have a kid anytime after today, you should quietly weep for it–it’ll never grow up in a world where the word “selfie” isn’t in the official Merriam-Webster dictionary. The famous Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary is adding over …

Should Scrabble Add ‘Selfie’ to the Official Dictionary? Should Scrabble Add ‘Selfie’ to the Official Dictionary?

Scrabble and Merriam-Webster are about to publish the first new edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary in over 9 years, and they want Facebook users to vote on one word that they must have included. Fans of the game …

Gay Marriage to Be Recognized in Official OED Definition Gay Marriage to Be Recognized in Official OED Definition
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In light of Britain’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage, the publishers of the largest dictionary of the English language say that they will amend the definition of marriage to include that of the same-sex variety. “We continually monitor the words …

Hello, NSA App Lets You Get on a Government Watch List the Fun Way Hello, NSA App Lets You Get on a Government Watch List the Fun Way

The U.S. government is watching your online activity. They’re looking at your social media posts, your emails, and plenty of other types of online communications. We’ve always known that – to some extent. Now we really know that. But even …

Want To Catch The Attention Of The Government? Use These Words On Social Media Want To Catch The Attention Of The Government? Use These Words On Social Media
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This morning has certainly been fun – we now know that the NSA has been, and will continue, collecting personal metadata of Verizon subscribers until July 19. If that wasn’t enough surveillance for you, the Department of Homeland Security would …

2012 Was the Year of “Bluster,” Says Dictionary.com 2012 Was the Year of “Bluster,” Says Dictionary.com

In the past, we’ve let you know when words inspired by modern tech or internet culture become part of official dictionaries. No matter how you feel about the internet’s effect on language (it’s bastardization!), you have to admit that it’s …

Oxford Dictionaries Online Add “Ridic,” “Mwahahaha,” and Then Fittingly, “Douche” Oxford Dictionaries Online Add “Ridic,” “Mwahahaha,” and Then Fittingly, “Douche”

The Oxford Dictionaries Online are an arm of the Oxford English Dictionary, with a slight difference. While the OED shows how words and meanings have changed over times, the ODO “focuses on the current language and practical usage.” So it …

Sexting, F-Bomb, and Mash-up Added to the Dictionary Sexting, F-Bomb, and Mash-up Added to the Dictionary
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As a word nerd, it’s always fun to see new words enter the lexicon. Language is constantly evolving, and every so often our dictionaries must adapt to the changing landscape. And a lot of the time, that means creating official …

‘Scramble with Friends’ Available on Google Play ‘Scramble with Friends’ Available on Google Play

Zynga hopes to draw more people to Scramble With Friends” by bringing the game to Google Play (formerly Android market). Scramble follows Words With Friends as the latest game in the With Friends franchise. The release will feature cross-platform compatibility, …

Alec Baldwin Is ‘Back on Twitter’ Alec Baldwin Is ‘Back on Twitter’
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Last Saturday, Alec Baldwin let fans know that he has resumed his account on Twitter. @alecbaldwinABBack on Twitter 1 day ago via web · powered by @socialditto Although only Baldwin may know the real reason why he closed his Twitter account only …

New Words for New Times
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I’m not a fan of so-called “leet” (1337) speak; it seems to have spawned in a different universe than the one in which I was formed—a world where direct vs. indirect object drills were as commonplace as batting practice. That “w00t,” a “word” I couldn’t wrap my mind around three years ago, is now recognized by Webster is maddening.