The unabridged Merriam-Webster Dictionary has added 1,700 entries to its collection of words, including terms like “colony collapse disorder” and “net neutrality”, but also some web-speak acronyms like “NSFW” and “WTF.”
A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture.
The official Merriam-Webster Scrabble dictionary is getting its first major update in nearly a decade this week, and will see word additions like “selfie,” “hashtag” and “chillax.”
Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster’s most looked-up words of 2012.