Merriam-Webster Adds Words to Dictionary


The latest edition of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has many new words, which reflect the times. Here are some of the top new words and definitions added:

  • 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): a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
  • 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
  • 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.

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