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Merriam-Webster Adds Emoji, NSFW, WTF and More to the Dictionary

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As language evolves, so does the dictionary, which is why Merriam-Webster is announcing the newest additions to its famed reference tome. Many of the new words refer to tech or Internet-related phenomena, including emoji, which we would have liked to see entered in the dictionary with actual emoji characters. But you know, baby steps. 

Included in the selection of Internet words, clickbait, meme, photobomb, click fraud, NSFW and the humble WTF are among the 1,700 new entries added to the dictionary. Other additions include vocal fry (the Kardashians’ preferred tone of communication), macaron (fashion’s once-preferred snack), crema, chilaquiles, Lambrusco and oh, there it is: we’re hungry now.

Some of the words added don’t even sound like words we’ve ever heard, but perhaps we’re just not in the loop with all the cool kids hunting colossal squid or misappropriating phrases like “at a loss for words” for eggcorns like “at a lost for words.”

But at least you can go to bed tonight knowing that the dictionary has officially legitimized all the tech jargon you use every day. Photobomb away!

[via Merriam-Webster]