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Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary Adding New Words Like ‘Selfie’ and ‘Hashtag’

Here’s news that will probably make Scrabble and Words With Friends more interesting. The 2014 edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary will feature over 150 new words, including “selfie,” ‘hashtag,” “steampunk” and ‘turducken.”

According to a release from Merriam-Webster, “These new additions to America’s best-selling dictionary reflect the growing influence technology is having on human endeavor, especially social networking, once done mostly in person.”

“Crowdfunding,” “tweep” and “catfish” (referring to setting up a fake social networking account, not an actual fish) are also becoming official words in 2014.

There are also several words going into the dictionary that, if you’re like me, you would actually need a dictionary to figure out their definitions. In fact, I did a quick survey of three random members of our staff, and collectively we only knew the meanings of less than a handful of 15 example words from this year’s batch listed on Merrian-Webster’s website.

Here are some of the new words that stumped us. Do you know their definitions?

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