Tech terms make their dictionary debuts

A number of technology- and social media-related words and terms have been added to Merriam-Webster's dictionary


Merriam-Webster has added 840 words to its influential dictionary, including a number of tech terms that have entered common, modern vocabulary.

Merriam-Webster, an online dictionary and thesaurus the editors at Innovation Enterprise know only too well, has been available online since 1996, and each year releases a blog post highlighting some of the more unusual, popular and culturally significant words and terms that have been added to its ever-growing list.

Among those tech terms to have made the cut are: predictive, due to its use alongside the word text; haptics, of which the Merriam-Webster entry describes as "the use of electronically or mechanically generated movement that a user experiences through the sense of touch as part of an interface"; and fintech, a word making its debut many years after its first known use in 1971.

In a blog post announcing the additions to its dictionary, Merriam-Webster said, "Unsurprisingly, words from digital technology are an important part of the new list. Also unsurprisingly, the evolution of our technology is expressed in these terms: we are no longer naming our devices and programs, we’re talking about what we do with them, and what they do for us."

Other tech and terms in included in the latest update to have a connection to the world of technology, science and social media include:

All of these additions have entered the lexicon of modern English and help to highlight the tech space's influence on societal change.

Merriam-Webster often blogs about language that comes to the fore via social media, and also highlights trending terms, such as lodestar, which was used in an anonymous New York Times op-ed published yesterday which criticized Donald Trump's presidency.

Away from the tech space, new words and terms also added to the list include hophead, used to describe those who are keen on their beer; hangry, which the author of this post often is; and Generation X, used to describe those lucky folks born in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Expect to see some of the newly added words and terms to appear more often in our articles and features – we may even set up an internal competition to see who can get hangry into the most articles before the end of the month; so, dear readers, keep your eyes peeled, although we fear in doing so you may say to us TL:DR (another term recently added to the list).

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