Merriam-Webster Adds 1,700 Words, Including "Jeggings," "NSFW," "WTF" | NBC Chicago

Merriam-Webster Adds 1,700 Words, Including "Jeggings," "NSFW," "WTF"

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    A Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is displayed in a bookstore November 10, 2003 in Niles, Illinois.

    The Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary has included new words that will have some people saying “WTF.”

    The company announced Tuesday it has added 1,700 new terms, many of which are influenced by the internet and social media.

    Such entries include meme, NSFW, emoji, clickbait, and photobomb.

    Others refer to popular culture, such as jeggings, photobomb, twerk and vocal fry.

    For a word to be included, it has to be “used in a substantial number of citations that come from a wide range of publications over a considerable period of time,” according to Merriam-Webster. “Specifically, the word must have enough citations to allow accurate judgments about its establishment, currency, and meaning.”

    Here are some other new entries:

    Net Neutrality (Noun)

    Definition: the idea, principle or requirement that Internet service providers should or must treat all Internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source or destination.

    Clickbait (Noun)

    Definition: 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.

    Sriracha (Noun)

    Definition: a pungent sauce that is made from hot peppers pureed with usually garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar and that is typically used as a condiment.

    Slendro (Noun)

    Definition: a pentatonic tuning employed for Javanese gamelans that divides the octave into five roughly similar internals.

    Dark Money (Noun)

    Definition: money contributed to nonprofit organizations that is used to fund political campaigns without disclosure of the donors' identities.