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'Hashtag,' 'selfie,' and 'tweep' join Merriam-Webster dictionary

Words reflect influence that tech, especially social networking, is having on our culture, says storied dictionary.

By May 20, 2014


Merriam-Webster's word of the year isn't selfie, it's science

Rating its 10 most-searched-for words, the online dictionary shows that people are interested in more than just buzz-worthy semantics.

By December 3, 2013


Geeks get a word in with Merriam-Webster

Geek culture once again shows its influence over the mainstream lexicon with the latest version of Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. New entries include fanboy, netroots, and webinar.

By July 7, 2008


Merriam-Webster's 2007 word of the year: w00t

In the spirit of the Stephen Colbert-fueled "truthiness," the dictionary giant crowns a l33t-speak favorite with its annual award.

By December 11, 2007


Alert Merriam-Webster: Unlimited does not mean unlimited

Alert Merriam-Webster: Unlimited does not mean unlimited

By October 9, 2006


Merriam-Webster defines paid site

The publisher launches a subscription service that provides online access to the unabridged version of Webster's Third New International Dictionary.

March 18, 2002


Short Take: AOL, Merriam-Webster remove gay epithets

America Online removed an online thesaurus following complaints from gay rights groups about the synonyms it listed for "homosexual," the Associated Press reported. Merriam-Webster removed the synonyms as well, which included epithets such as "fruit" and "faggot." The latter apologized and is looking for other slurs in its Collegiate Thesaurus, the AP said.

By January 19, 1999


Use mobile dictionary apps even when offline

The Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com apps for Android and iOS can be used even when your device is offline.

By February 22, 2014