Merriam-Websters Adds New Dictionary Entries

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) - The wordsmiths at Merriam-Webster are out with
their latest edition of the Collegiate Dictionary. And they've
added about 100 new words and expressions.
Some reflect current events, like "dirty bomb" and
"Norovirus." Others define new technology or products, such as
"infinity pool." That's an outdoor pool with an edge designed to
make water appear to flow into the horizon.
The poker game "Texas Hold 'em" is now in the dictionary.
"Pescatarian" describes a vegetarian who eats fish.
And then there's "mondegreen." In a category of its own, it
describes words mistaken for other words. A mondegreen most often
comes from misunderstood phrases or lyrics, such as "'Scuse me,
while I kiss this guy" in place of "kiss the sky" in the 1967
Jimi Hendrix classic "Purple Haze."
Words make the cut based on how widely they're used in
publications ranging from newspapers to technical manuals.

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