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Internet Slang Inundates Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Latest Update

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Internet Slang Inundates Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Latest Update

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary recently announced its expansion of 1,700 words. The recent updates reflect commonly looked-up words; many technology and web-related terms hitting this year’s list.

“Emoji,” “photobomb”, “sharing economy”, “meme,” “click fraud,” and “click-bait” were among the added words.

Another technology-focused term added was “net-neutrality” in the advent debate over Internet privatization. Internet slangs like “NSFW” (not safe for work) and “WTF” (what the f*ck) were also added, meaning the dictionary has finally crossed the bridge from traditional to “new school.”

Merriam-Webster’s site editors reportedly spend upwards of two hours each day reading published material offline (in books, newspapers, and magazines) and online (published online articles) for commonly used words.

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emoji

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net-neutrality

View the full list of the latest additions here, and check out some of the best additions compiled by Time magazine.

Did Merriam-Webster miss any notable Internet terms? Add your thoughts below in the comments area.

Image credits: (Feature Image and In-Post Photos) Merriam-Webster

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