Steampunk, which first popped up being used as a word in 1987, finally made its way into the dictionary this week. But just how did it arrive there? It turns out, with a lot of help from the movie Hellboy.
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.
Languages are evolving, living things, a fact that this graphic that charts just which languages English has been taking its loanwords from over time makes clear.
Researchers at Dartmouth have analyzed over 180 million tweets from 900,000 users in the United States — and they've come up with a list of the new abbreviated words that spread on Twitter.
Put away your brackets, folks. The Oxford English Dictionary has declared its one word to rule them all this year, and that word is selfie, whose usage rose over 17,000% in the last year alone.
The folks over at Language Log are calling the word tuhao (definition: bling) "the hottest term on the Chinese internet these days." Today, we want to know your favorite new words spawned by the internet. Is the word you need not yet flying all over the interwebs? Then now is exactly the right time to propose it.