A list of words regularly used on social media are being officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
The publishing company announced Monday (May 19) that "selfie,"
"hashtag," "unfriend," "catfish," and "tweep" are among a list of 150
words recently added.
"So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to
our lives and livelihoods," Peter Sokolowski, editor at large, wrote on
the company’s website. "Tweep" and "hashtag," for example, come
directly from their use on social media. Specifically, Twitter and
Below are the definitions of the words mentioned. See more at Merriam-Webster.com.
catfish (noun) : a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
hashtag (noun) : a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet)
selfie (noun) : an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks
tweep (noun) : a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets
unfriend (v.t.) : to remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a person’s social networking Web site