All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘words’

Scrabble Gets with the Times, Adds Selfie, Hashtag, and Mixtape

It’s been about a decade since the Scrabble dictionary received a major update. But when the fifth edition of the The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary comes out on Wednesday, it’ll allow you to play your favorite new kewl internets words – as well as words you’ve been dying to play since 1988. “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary now includes favorite …

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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 150 news words this year, and they’ve just announced a handful of them. The list of new words includes some …

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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 have until March 28th to cast their vote for the word that they most want added to the new edition …

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Gay Marriage to Be Recognized in Official OED Definition

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 in our dictionaries, paying particular to those words whose usage is shifting, so yes, this will happen with marriage,” said …

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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 before we all learned about PRISM and the extent of the participation from the tech community, we knew that the …

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Want To Catch The Attention Of The Government? Use These Words On Social Media

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 like to kick it up a notch. Did you know that they regularly scan social media sites looking for certain …

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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 kind of interesting when the Oxford Dictionaries add ZOMG or NSFW to the list, or Merriam-Webster adds “sexting” to its …

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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 would make sense the ODO would try to keep up with the latest slang (read: bastardization of the English language). …

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Sexting, F-Bomb, and Mash-up Added to the Dictionary

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 entries for words engendered from pop culture, technology, and the internet. Now, if you look through the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, …

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‘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, allowing people on iPhone to play with people on Google Play to play with people on Facebook, and so on. …

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Alec Baldwin Is ‘Back on Twitter’

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 to reopen it a month later, many speculate that it may have something to do with his highly-publicized removal from …

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