Dictionary Add-Ons 2012

Most of you never use a dictionary - why bother when everything's online. I google everything, and when it sends me to the dictionary, I click on the link.

Written language has become a repository for apps and add-ons that update ever year. Old terminology can date a person and the way they express themselves with the written word. Every year, hardcore fans wait in anticipation to find out which of the hottest phrases and words have been selected to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

The slew of about 100 newly-defined sounds and added definitions reflects American culture and daily life today. For example, words such as bucket list, cloud computing, man cave and sexting have all been added to the legal lexicon, which opens up an unnecessary amount of new possibilities for dirty sentences.

One hundred new words have made their way into Merriam-Webster's august lexicon of the English language, and among them are some of the more "colorful" expressions used by speakers of the modern tongue. My favorites are ... sexting, aha moment, and game changer all useful in a good blog. Some you may like and others find offensive - but don't get "bent out of shape" over it.

What would you add to the list? I've been using the phrase 'aha moment' in my blogs for years- meaning a wake-up moment when all becomes clear that eventually leads to another epiphany.

  F-bomb, Sexting Among New Words In Merriam-Webster Dictionary   Huffington Post - August 15, 2012
The term "F-bomb" surfaced in newspapers more than 20 years ago but landed for the first time in the mainstream Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, along with sexting, flexitarian, obesogenic, energy drink and life coach. In all, the company picks about 100 additions for the 114-year-old dictionary's annual update, gathering evidence of usage over several years in everything from media to the labels of beer bottles and boxes of frozen food.

'Bucket List' and 'Man Cave' Make New Dictionary   Live Science - August 15, 2012
You might have an "aha moment" or drop the "f-bomb" if you discover your "man cave" is "underwater." And, if you do, you'll be happy to know you can look all those words up in the latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

They, along with a number of other words that reflect the cultural and financial state of modern America, have been added to the dictionary. Merriam-Webster's editors monitor the changing language and add new terms to the dictionary once those words come into widespread use across a variety of publications.

Newly added words or phrases used to describe the global financial crisis include systemic risk ("the risk that the failure of one financial institution such as a bank could cause other interconnected institutions to fail and harm the economy as a whole") and underwater ("having, relating to, or being a mortgage loan for which more is owed than the property securing the loan is worth").

Other notable business additions this year include tipping point ("the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place"), toxic ("relating to or being an asset that has lost so much value that it cannot be sold on the market"), shovel-ready ("a construction project or site that is ready for the start of work") and game-changer ("a newly introduced element or factors that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way").

But all work and no play would make English a dull tongue. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary also has added words and phrases from outside businesses, including bucket list (popularized by the movie title), energy drink, gassed (slang for "drained of energy"), Oprah Winfrey's signature phrase aha moment (a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension), and f-bomb (a lighthearted and printable euphemism).

"Some of the new words this year provide colorful images," said Peter Sokolowski, a Merriam-Webster editor at large. "Terms like 'man cave,' 'underwater' (when used to describe mortgages), 'earworm' and 'bucket list' paint vivid pictures in your mind. They show that English-speakers can be very creative as they describe the world around them."