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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  • kilgom,-mit
    11/02/2015 - 10:12 a.m.

    Wow! I can't believe they would actually put some of those words in the dictionary

  • millere,-mit
    11/02/2015 - 10:14 a.m.

    Its sooooo amazing

  • frostk,-mit
    11/02/2015 - 10:20 a.m.

    If they add words like selfie and other weird words than they don't need to be putting them in a dictionary and selling it because words like that are made everyday. So just wait a while before you put them in the dictionary. # selfie is a cool word

  • peytonnelson-bak
    1/26/2016 - 01:28 p.m.

    I want to take a stealthies

  • peytonnelson-bak
    1/26/2016 - 01:30 p.m.

    I want to take a stealthie

  • peytonnelson-bak
    1/26/2016 - 01:34 p.m.

    I want to take a selfie

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