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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

For the First Time These 5 Tech Words Can be Found in the Dictionary

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Language is ever evolving. In February 2017 Merriam-Webster's Dictionary announced it had added more than 1,000 words. All new additions have come from "the whole range of registers and from every corner of the language".

Tech-Related Words Are More About What We Do

As noted in a CNN article, Merriam-Webster editor at large, Peter Sokolowski said that the criteria for picking words includes: frequency of use, widespread use, and meaningful use -- that the word is used to mean the same thing.

Many words have been around for a long time and are finally being added while others have had a quicker journey because of their meteoric rise and broad acceptance. Among the words added several are tech-related. The Merriam-Webster site states, "new tech terms are more about what we do with technology—how it is managed, deployed, and organized—than giving a name to the technology itself."

5 top picks from the newly added tech-related words are:

Abandonware This term has been used since 2000. Merriam-Webster definition: "software that is no longer sold or supported by its creator".

Binge-watch This term has been around since 2013. Merriam-Webster definition: "to watch many or all episodes of (a TV series) in rapid succession." Binge watching has gained steam as more people are using their mobile devices to watch television shows.

Botnet First known use was in 2003. Merriam-Webster definition: "a network of computers that have been linked together by malware :  a network of bots."

NSFW Merriam-Webster definition: "not safe for work; not suitable for work —used to warn someone that a website, e-mail attachment, etc., is not suitable for viewing at most places of employment"

Listicle It was first used in 2007. Merriam Webster definition: "an article consisting of a series of items presented as a list". You see this type of content used all the time in online articles by journalists and bloggers.

To read more about all the new 1,000 words such as Seussian, conlang, supercentenarian, humblebrag and mumblecore go to: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/new-words-in-the-dictionary-feb-2017

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