Merriam Webster has updated its newest edition with 150 new words. A lot of the terms — social networking, tweeps, hashtag, and catfish (in the identity sense, not in the goes-well-with-okra sense) — come from social media. But there are also plenty of other words including Yooper, freegan, fracking and more.
Every year a handful of new words make it into the dictionary, but how do they get there and who chooses them? Kory Stamper, a lexicographer for Merriam Webster, explains to us just how our dictionaries get made.