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Dubstep, Selfie, #, Crowdfunding: See which words made it into this year's dictionary

We all know 2013 was the year of the celebrity party tongue – the new selfie Miley Cyrus introduced by sticki...

Dubstep, Selfie, #, Crowdfunding: See which words made it into this year's dictionary

We all know 2013 was the year of the celebrity party tongue – the new selfie Miley Cyrus introduced by sticking her tongue out when being photographed. Somehow, it earned its place in the dictionary. Time has compiled a list of words that will enter the Merriam-Webster Dictionary this year, along with their definitions and the earliest years in which they were used. Let’s see some of those words:

 

1. Steampunk

Steampunk is believed to have been used in 1987 for the first time, according to Merriam-Webster's editors in the dictionary's newest edition. As for the definition: “Science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology.”

 

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2. Selfie

Merriam-Webster's editors claim selfie was first used in 2002, and they define it as: “An image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera esp. for posting on social networks.”

 

3. Hashtag

Being used in 2008 for the first time, hashtag is commonly found in tweets, and Merriam-Webster's definition is as follows: “A word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that clarifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet).”

 

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4. Catfish

Catfish is a new 2014 entry in the MW collegiate dictionary, and is defined as: “A person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.”

 

5. Hot Spot

Hot Spot is a new techy entry in the Merriam-Webster, and the definition is: “A place where a wireless Internet connection is available.”

 

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6. Paywall

At the intersection of technology and the Internet, paywall comes along, meaning: “A system that prevents Internet users from accessing certain Web content without a paid subscription.” MW's editors believe it was encountered in 2004 for the first time.

 

7. Poutine

MW's editors say poutine was first used in 1982, and this year it enters the dictionary. Here follows poutine's definition: “(mainly in Canada) A dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds.”

 

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8. Spoiler Alert

Used in 1994 for the first time, this pop culture convention, spoiler alert, suggests that no details are meant to be revealed until you've seen your favourite film, or show. Accordingly, Merriam-Webster's definition goes: “A reviewer’s warning that a plot spoiler is about to be revealed.”

 

9. Unfriend

Everyone knows unfriend from Facebook: We use it to remove an annoying, or anonymous, “friend.” Merriam-Webster's definition is: “To remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a person’s social networking Web site.” It was used in 2003 for the first time.

 

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10. Dubstep

The earliest year MW's editors believe dubstep was used is 2002. Dubstep is “a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns.”

 

11. Crowdfunding

Earliest evidence of crowdfunding, according to Merriam-Webster's editors, was found in 2006. Crowdfunding is “the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people esp. from the online community.”

 

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12. Baby Bump

Merriam-Webster found “the enlarged abdomen of a pregnant woman,” or “baby bump,” to be first used in 2003. Now, in 2014, it officially enters the English dictionary.

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