'Emoji,' 'Photobomb,' 'WTF' and More Hip Internet Phrases Officially Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

by Alex Ungerman 6:08 PM PDT, May 26, 2015
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WTF is going on with the dictionary??

Merriam-Webster has added a whopping 1,700 new words to its dictionary, including a bunch of fun Internet phrases to anger your grandparents. With new words all the time it's getting hard to keep up! So let's take a look at some of the fun new entries.

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Emoji (noun)

"Any of various small images, symbols, or icons used if text fields in electronic communication to express the emotional attitude of the writer, convey information succinctly, communicate a message playfully without using words, etc."

This definition would be more fun if it were all emojis.

Clickbait (noun)

"Something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest."

Why would anyone ever do something like that?...

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WTF (abbreviation)

"What the f**k -- used especially to express or describe outraged surprise, reclessness, confusion, or bemusement."

As in: "WTF?! WTF is in the dictionary now."

Meme (noun)

"An idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture."

Those pictures with the impact font on your uncle's Facebook feed are what's keeping our social fabric together.

NSFW (abbreviation)

"Not safe for work; not suitable for work -- used to warn someone that a website, e-mail attachment, etc., is not suitable for viewing at most places of employment.

Luckily, this entry is very SFW.

Photobomb (verb)

"To step into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank."

We're actually very happy with this entry.

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Jegging (noun)

"A legging that is designed to resemble a tight fitting pair of denim jeans."

In other words, deception has been added to the dictionary.

While these are fun and all, we should mention that one terrifying phrase has been added to the dictionary.

Collossal Squid (noun)

"An extremely large squid occuring in the deep waters of the Southern Ocean that is the largest known living invertebrate."



We're gonna go see if the dictionary makes sense to us anymore.

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