Selfie is now a real word
Did you know that the dictionary is growing? Even selfie is included now.
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition has added 150 words. Many come from digital life and social media. Spoiler alert, hashtag, selfie and tweep are included. Others are food driven, including pho and turducken. Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup. Turducken is a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey.
How are new words chosen for the dictionary? Merriam-Webster relies on a group of observers. They track down word usage in everything from newspapers to soup can labels. Three or four senior editors make the final cut.
Selfie, that thing with the smartphone that Ellen DeGeneres did at the Academy Awards, has now spawned shelfies. Those are photos people put up on social media to show off their books and how they have arranged them.
And we now have stealthies, those sneaky little phone pictures masquerading as selfies. That's when the taker actually snaps what's behind him or her instead.