Here are just a few of the 150 new words added to the dictionary this year!
Auto-Tune (v., 2003): to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software esp. to correct sung notes that are out of tune
baby bump (n., 2003): the enlarged abdomen of a pregnant woman
brilliant (adj., new sense): British: very good, excellent
catfish (n., new sense): a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
dubstep (n., 2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns
e-waste (n., 2004): waste consisting of discarded electronic products (as computers, televisions, and cell phones)
fangirl (n., 1934): a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something
hashtag (n., 2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that clarifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet)
hot spot (n., new sense): a place where a wireless Internet connection is available
selfie (n., 2002): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera esp. for posting on social networks.
social networking (n., 1998): the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships esp. online
spoiler alert (n., 1994): a reviewer’s warning that a plot spoiler is about to be revealed
tweep (n., 2008): a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets
unfriend (v., 2003): to remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a person’s social networking Web site