Aug 27 2011

Tweet, Social Media, Crowd Sourcing Added To Websters Book Of Words

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Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has been updated to add Tweet as both a noun and a verb “a chirp note” or “a post made on the Twitter online message service.” They have also defined social media as:

forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos)

Other newcomers that have made the list are:

  • bromance – a nonsexual friendship between men
  • helicopter parents – overly involved parents in their children’s lives
  • boomerang child – the one in adulthood that returns home for financial reasons
  • cougar – arghhh! (“a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man”)
  • crowd sourcing- the opposite of out sourcing noooo!
    “the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers”
  • fist bump – I am afraid to look this one up, not so bad
    “a gesture in which two people bump their fists together (as in greeting or celebration)”

Here is the link to more words New Dictionary Words for 2011

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