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alh1020 08-25-11 05:12 PM

New words in the Merriam-Webster dictionary
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Merriam-Webster Inc. has added dozens of entries to the latest edition of its Collegiate Dictionary. Here are some, along with the year in which Merriam-Webster researchers first found them used in an English-language publication, and their meanings:

_ Americana (1841): genre of American music with roots in early folk and country music.

_ boomerang child (1988): young adult who returns to live at her family home, especially for financial reasons.

_ bromance (2004): a close nonsexual friendship between men.

_ continuous positive airway pressure (1975): abbreviated CPAP; a technique for relieving breathing problems (as those associated with sleep apnea or congestive heart failure) by pumping a steady flow of air through the nose to prevent the narrowing or collapse of air passages or to help the lungs to expand.

_ cougar (1774): slang term for a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man.

_ crowdsourcing (2006): the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, especially from the online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.

_ duathlon (1988): a three-part long-distance race typically having a running phase, a bicycling phase and a final running phase.

_ fist bump (1996): a gesture in which two people bump their fists together, as in greeting or celebration.

_ helicopter parent (1989): a parent who is overly involved in the life of his or her child.

_ m-commerce (1997): business transactions conducted by using a mobile electronic device, such as a cellphone.

_ parkour (2002): the sport of traversing environmental obstacles by running, climbing or leaping rapidly and efficiently.

_ robocall (1993): a telephone call from an automated source that delivers a pre-recorded message to a large number of people.

_ social media (2004): forms of electronic communication, such as websites for social networking and microblogging, through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal message and other content such as videos.

_ tweet (1768): a post made on the Twitter online message service.

_ walk-off (1990): ending a baseball game immediately by causing the winning run to score for the home team in the bottom of the last inning, i.e., a walk-off homer. Also, won by the home team in the bottom of the last inning, i.e., a walk-off win.

New words in the Merriam-Webster dictionary - Road Runner

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