Language is a slippery thing, new dictionary words sprout from old ones just as the progenitors die off only to reemerge years later in an scarce recognizable form. 2014 was an interesting year for language with many new words being added to the official dictionary. These are the new dictionary words 2014. Below some of the choice new dictionary words of 2014 will be explained and grouped by category, so let us get to it.
New Dictionary Words 2014
Technology has been affecting language since it’s inception in human history but it seems that it has never been more prevalent than it is now with the rise of social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Indeed one of the new dictionary words 2014 to be added was, Tweep, meaning someone whom uses the online messaging service to both send and receive tweets. Another tech related new word is the dubious, Catfish, the word gained much notoriety after the 2010 American documentary filmed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman which documented a friend’s online relationship with a woman named Megan whom never actually existed and was all the creation of an online artist named Angela. As you might have guessed, the word catfish, unless you are just talking about the fish, refers to someone whom uses social media for deceptive and manipulative purposes.
New words in 2014
Another from the techno-sphere is the ubiquitous, Selfie, now most people already have heard of this one before but for those among you uninitiated, an explanation. A selfie is simply a photograph of oneself taken by oneself, usually for the purposes of posting as a profile picture on social media or photo sharing sites. The term seemed to initially contain a faint negative connotation as if referencing some kind of narcissism in the use of the word. However, that negativity has slowly diminished from the use of the word and people tend to use it quick freely even in regards to selfie photographs which they themselves have taken.
A very old word that was brought about by the integration of technology and social activity was the phrase, social networking, another new dictionary word 2014. Social networking, as the word itself implies, is the practice of socializing via the internet, specifically, by using social media websites to gain friends, acquaintances and business contacts. Perhaps you’ve met some Steampunk friends on your own social media sites, if you have you should inform them that, indeed, Steampunk is now an official word and has been accepted into the dictionary. Steampunk is by no means an new word, not even a relatively new word. In fact, the first documented use of the word was in 1987. Typically, the word Steampunk is used in reference to the genre also called Steampunk which takes place in a alternative history wherein the 19th century, or sometimes 18th century, is dominated by the rise of far fetched and powerful steam powered machinery.
These words are newly added to dictionaries
Steampunk crowdfunding, ever wonder what that would be like, probably not but the word itself is pretty common these days. By that I mean crowdfunding, not Steampunk crowdfunding. Yes, yet another new one in the dictionary words 2014 list is crowdfunding, meaning of course funding via a large group of people, read, a crowd. This has been big with independent artistic ventures of all stripes and kinds. However, you will probably never hear of crowdfunded fracking. That’s because fracking is much, much more lucrative kind of venture than most artistic one’s unless you are George R.R. Martin or George Lucas, must be a lucky name. Anyhow, Fracking refers to a method of extracting oil or natural gas from beds of shale via the introduction of pressurized chemical fluids. Fracking is a derivative of fracturing and the practice has gotten a lot of criticism of late, despite the fact that it has produced a lot of jobs in the United States as of late. So sternly was it criticized that several people actually claimed that the mystery fluids which the fracking companies were pumping into their watersheds had so densely contaminated the water that they could light their water on fire straight out of the tap!
At least that will make it easier for you to cook your poutine and if you have no idea what the heck poutine is, one, you are probably not Canadian and two, probably not a culinary buff, most people are not. Poutine is yet another addition of new dictionary words for 2014 and is a favorite dish of Canadians that consists of French fries covered in brown gravy and cheese curds. Don’t knock it til you try it! As a side not poutine has become something of political phenomenon, especially in the domain of political jokes. Already thought of it, yeah, it’s Putin, Vladimir Putin, or rather Vladimir Poutine. Not terribly clever but undeniably humorous… sort of, right? Well, never mind. Just like with Steampunk, poutine has been in general use, at least in Canada since the 80′s, 1982, to be exact.
Another culinary curiosity is the strange and wondrous, Turducken a real new entry in dictionary words 2014. If you were not about to just read about it here you would probably never guess without looking up what the heck a turducken was. Simply, and there’s no joking here, it is a dish that takes a bonesless chicken stuffs it inside a boneless duck and stuffs that stuffed boneless duck inside a boneless turkey. Sound strange… yeah probably, but remember what was said previously, do not knock it until you try it.
Other new dictionary words 2014: Oxford English Dictionary
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