Hashtag, Selfie, Catfish Added To ‘Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary’


MerriamWebstersCollegiateDictionary650The list of new words added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary was heavily influenced by social media and technology, as additions include hashtag, selfie, tweep, and even catfish.

Tech-related entries included crowdfunding, big data, and gamification.

The definitions for the most Facebook-centric of the new words follow:

  • catfish: a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.
  • hashtag: a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet).
  • selfie: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks.

Merriam-Webster Editor at Large Peter Sokolowski said in a release announcing the new words in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary:

So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihoods. Tweep, selfie, and hashtag refer to the ways we communicate and share as individuals. Words like crowdfunding, gamification, and big data show that the Internet has changed business in profound ways.

Readers: Which other Facebook-related words do you think belong in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary?