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New words added to the dictionary

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Sexting, F-bomb and cloud computing are among the new words added to the 11th edition of the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

Some say it’s a sign of the evolving times.  Some say it’s a continuation of the “dumbing down” of our language.   

The Merriam Webster collegiate dictionary added about 100 new words and phrases this year.   Some definitions of previously-published words were updated. 

 If you’ve ever been curious about brain cramps, life coaches or geocaching, now you can look up those terms in the dictionary.  There was a time when e-readers, bucket lists and energy drinks didn’t exist.  Now, those commonly-spoken terms are also officially defined. 

Here’s a sample of the new dictionary words: 

Man cave

Aha moment

Sexting

Brain cramp

Toxic

Bucket list

Earworm

Flexitarian

F-bomb

Cloud computing

Energy drink

Systemic Risk

Life coach

Mash-up

Craft beer

Underwater

E-reader

Game changer

Gastropub

Geocaching

Shovel-ready

Tipping point

Copernicium

Gassed

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