As we grow and change as a culture, so much of our language grows and changes with us, because English is an evolving language. That’s a good thing. And, while words may fade in and out of style, they all have history, origins and meaning. In social media marketing, we run into all kinds of new computing terms, tech terminology and unique social media lingo, such as “Pinteresting,” “rickrolling “ and “Re-Tweetable” to name a few. Here are some of the new words added to the 2012 update of Merriam Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, along with our loose interpretations.
Cloud Computing – A nebulous term?
Sexting – Not something you want to do with your boss. Ahem.
Earworm – This sounds way worse than it is. Unless, that is, your earworm is a children’s song with a purple dinosaur.
Aha Moment – Oprah Winfrey’s signature phrase.
Bucket List – Does being re-tweeted by Justin Bieber make your list?
Man Cave – What about the Woman’s Den or the Female Grotto? No?
Energy Drink – This brings up visions of Rockstars riding winged-Red Bulls while being chased by Monsters for 5 hours … too much?
Gastropub – Pardon me? What kind of pub?
F-Bomb – No relation to the H-Bomb… We hope.
Copernicium – Anything that sounds like high school chemistry makes us cringe.
Systemic Risk – Global financial crisis words made us cringe and run to the bathroom.
How do new words get added to our dictionaries? According to Merriam Webster, it all boils down to one thing: usage. New words that are used widely across a variety of publications will, more likely than not, eventually be added to the dictionary. And these new words offer intriguing insight into how our vocabulary is changing to reflect the world around us, incorporating computing terms and tech terminology that increase our online vocabulary.
What do you think about the new words added this year? Any words you didn’t know? Any words you’d like to add?