Welcome to the new age. Here is the list of the new terms added in 2014 to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which is recognized all throughout the world. While many of the terms have been around, they have not ‘officially’ been recognized. Some can be found in sub-genre dictionaries, such as Gothic, Urban, etc., but this is the ultimate destination for a word.
They will now be allowed to by-pass the redline annoyance in many word processing applications as well as be heard in a standard conversation of importance without being looked down upon… yea, right.
Now we have a greater vocabulary for story creation. Visual Adjectives FOREVER!!
‘Steampunk’ just in time for our Steampunk Anthology release titled: New Legends: Mercenaries • Engineers • Captains
Here they are:
Auto-Tune (v., 2003): to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software esp. to correct sung notes that are out of tune
baby bump (n., 2003): the enlarged abdomen of a pregnant woman
big data (n., 1980): an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools
brilliant (adj., new sense): British: very good, excellent
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., new sense): 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 esp. from the online community
digital divide (n., 1996): the economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who have computers and online access and those who do not
dubstep (n., 2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns
e-waste (n., 2004): waste consisting of discarded electronic products (as computers, televisions, and cell phones)
fangirl (n., 1934): a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something
fracking (n., 1953): the injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas)
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 game or gamelike elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation
hashtag (n., 2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that clarifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet)
hot spot (n., new sense): a place where a wireless Internet connection is available
insource (v., 1983): to procure (as some goods or services needed by a business or organization) under contract with a domestic or in-house supplier
motion capture (n., 1992): a technology for digitally recording specific movements of a person (as an actor) and translating them into computer-animated images
paywall (n., 2004): a system that prevents Internet users from accessing certain Web content without a paid subscription
pepita (n., 1942): the edible seed of a pumpkin or squash often dried or toasted
pho (n., 1935): a soup made of beef or chicken broth and rice noodles
poutine (n., 1982): chiefly Canada: a dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds
selfie (n., 2002): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera esp. for posting on social networks.
social networking (n., 1998): the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships esp. online
spoiler alert (n., 1994): a reviewer’s warning that a plot spoiler is about to be revealed
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
unfriend (v., 2003): to remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a person’s social networking Web site
twerk (n., 2013, possibly earlier): to dance to pop music in a very sensual way, typically by thrusting or shaking the buttocks and hips while in a squatting or bent-over position.
Yooper (n., 1977): a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname