2014’s Best New Additions To Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Every year, Merriam-Webster adds new words to its dictionary to keep up with the times and the lingo of the newest generation. Especially since the onset of the Internet, more words than ever are added each year and people can even submit words to the company online to potentially be added. Here are the top 10 from this year!

1. Catfish

Flickr: mbiskoping

Flickr: mbiskoping

I am actually surprised that this is an addition for this year. The term has been incredibly popular since MTV’s show Catfishwhere a person can call in the assistance of the host to find their online love and see if they are who they say they are. 95% of the time they’re not, which makes for great TV, but it is quite sad to find out that the beautiful girl you love is, in fact, an overweight 45-year-old man that still lives in his mother’s basement. The perfect example of if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

2. Crab mentality

Flickr: terong

Flickr: terong

Ok, so this word can be defined by many other words that already exist like saboteur, antagonist, and rival, but this is way funnier. It also specifies the attitude of the rival, instead of just the action. Obviously the term makes me think of “mob mentality,” and though “crab mentality” doesn’t specify it, I like to think that you spread your crabbiness to the people around you. Maybe next year they’ll add “crab mob.”

3. Crowdfunding

Flickr: andregregde

Flickr: andregregde

Crowdfunding has become the newest way to get money without doing anything. The most notorious crowdfund was easily the Kickstarter for a new Veronica Mars movie in 2013. I remember being really annoyed by this when it happened because the movie not only reached its goal, but had almost $4,000,000 more than asked. It’s especially annoying because it was started by Rob Thomas and featured famous actors that really promoted it. Shouldn’t these people be able to afford to make a movie if they want it so badly? Kristin Bell easily makes more than $2,000,000 a year, so why is the public paying for something that we were going to have to pay to see anyways? More recently, there have been controversial crowdfunds like the girl that couldn’t afford her Uber ride on her birthday, DJ Diplo raising money to “get Taylor Swift an booty,” and, more positively, a fund for a gay youth who’s family beat and disowned him.

4. Cybermyalgia

Flickr: kara2

Flickr: kara2

Aha! Finally a term for my profession. I wonder if you can get workers’ comp for this. I am all too familiar with the feeling you get when you blink for the first time in 8 hours. It’s pretty satisfying.

5. Freegan

Flickr: lexnger

Flickr: lexnger

I honestly had never heard of this notion, but on a scale of 1 to Hipster, it’s an 11. I appreciate the awareness of the waste of food (especially how much America alone produces), but I can’t get over the idea of Joe Schmo dumpster diving for the sole purpose of finding partially eaten food.

6. Gamification

Flickr: scelera

Flickr: scelera

The first thing that comes to mind for me is a chore wheel when I see this. We never had one, but I always loved when teachers would turn classwork into games. When I was studying Russian language in college (which is the hardest thing ever FYI), my favorite class was with a teacher that taught us like we were in kindergarten. We would sing, clap, and make fun games to help us remember sentence structure and vocabulary and, even as a 20-year-old, the method was undeniably effective. I got the best grades in Russian ever in that class and never felt as confident with the language as I did in that class.

7. Nappetizer

Flickr: studiogabe

Flickr: studiogabe

I wish I learned this term long ago. I consider myself to be a professional napper. I don’t need pillows or blankets (obviously, they are preferred), but I can legit sleep anywhere. The opposite of a food coma, this short nap I can assume is before a meal. Nothing gears you up to gobble food down quite like preparing yourself with a short nap beforehand.

8. Pupdate

Flickr: konszvi

Flickr: konszvi

WE NEED MORE OF THESE! I am so tired of my Facebook timeline being filled with the same articles and peoples’ opinions that I really just don’t need to read. Why don’t we all just post pictures of puppies (I’d take videos, too) and we can all have a million likes instead of reading an awkward debate over a politically incorrect video. Pupdate: the times are changing people, hop on board.

9. Steampunk

Flickr: danielproulx

Flickr: danielproulx

I’m really surprised that this is considered a “new word.” Steampunk is one of the coolest trends and I honestly wish that I had the time, skill, and effort to pull off some of these items (I guess that’s what Etsy is for, right?)

This fad has become so popular that there are plenty of conventions in major cities and there’s even a seven-day cruise dedicated to it. Hopefully the ship isn’t steampunk, because I am pretty sure the gears and metal are for show and not use.

10. Turducken

Flickr: a_negrean, viamoi, and tambako

Flickr: a_negrean, viamoi, and tambako

In recent years, people haven’t been satisfied with your average Thanksgiving turkey dinner. It all started with the fried turkey, which is apparently as delicious as it is dangerous; many people have faced serious fire issues as a result of messing around with boiling oil in their backyards. The much safer, but more complicated, is the turducken. Isn’t it hard enough just to cook the one bird? Apparently not, because stuffing a chicken into a duck into a turkey is super popular, there’s even a Paula Deen version. As if all the meat wasn’t bad enough for your cholesterol, let’s add butter.

What do you think?