Selfie is now a real word
Selfie is now a real word Actor Jon Hamm, from AMCs Mad Men takes a selfie with his wax figure of himself at Madame Tussauds museum in New York
Selfie is now a real word
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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.

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  • oweng,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:07 a.m.

    No quiz sorry

  • whitej,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:08 a.m.

    They have made over 150 more words from social media that is great . More things will be able to get to the world that way.

  • frederickm,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:08 a.m.

    Turduckens are awesome woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • durrb,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:08 a.m.

    That's quite interesting... But it feels worthless to me. Or I really don't care.

  • shackelforda,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:09 a.m.

    Yay selfie is a word!!!! ???????? lol

  • oweng,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:10 a.m.

    The acrtical sates that their are new definitions

  • pierrem,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:12 a.m.

    I think that soon the dictionary is going to be useless. Putting the word selfie and spoiler alert in the dictionary, I mean there is no point. The dictionary I supposed to be to look up words you don't know, not to simply put stupid words in a book that nearly everyone has in a household......

  • hartc,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:14 a.m.

    I'm so glad selfie is in the dictionary it needed to be!!!

  • kc-bla
    10/22/2015 - 11:00 a.m.

    I would like to take a selfie with someone famous.

  • robertsond,-mit
    10/28/2015 - 10:28 a.m.

    Good story but all of the other stories need to be very shorter.

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