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Fri, 29 May, 2015

Can you guess what new words have been added to Merriam-Webster dictionary?

Can you guess what new words have been added to Merriam-Webster dictionary?

Merriam-Webster has added 1,700 new words to its unabridged online dictionary, 3,200 examples to provide context, and updated an additional 200 entries with new definitions.

New additions include medical terms like neurofeedback and palliative care, as well as foodie terms like macaron, crema and chilaquiles. But the most popular inclusions include Internet-born terms such as emoji, photobomb and meme.

Here are some of our favourites with their official dictionary definitions:

Emoji – Any of various small images, symbols, or icons used in text fields in electronic communication (as in text messages, e-mail, and social media) to express the emotional attitude of the writer, convey information succinctly, communicate a message playfully without using words, etc."

Jegging – A legging that is designed to resemble a tight-fitting pair of denim jeans and is made of a stretchable fabric, usually plural.

Meme – 1) An idea, behaviour, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture, 2) An amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or a genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media.

Photobomb – To move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank.

Vocal fry – A vocal effect produced by very slow vibration of the vocal cords and characterized by a creaking sound and low pitch.

WTF – What the f---, used especially to express or describe outraged surprise, recklessness, confusion, or bemusement

Find the whole list on Merriam-Webster's website.

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