Webster’s New Words: “F-Bomb,” “Sexting,” & “Man-Cave”

    You’d think dictionaries would be stodgy, hopelessly conservative institutions, but as we see time and time again, the people behind the newest editions love to stay hip with the times. Thus, the next edition of Merriam-Webster will include some choice words, like “f-bomb, “sexting, and “man-cave,” along with the less-controversial “aha moment” and “gastropub.”

    Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, Peter Sokolwski, laid out the reasons in a statement. “Some of the new words this year provide colorful images. Terms like ‘man cave,’ ‘underwater’ (when used to describe mortgages), ‘earworm,’ and ‘bucket list’ paint vivid pictures in your mind. They show that English-speakers can be very creative as they describe the world around them.”

    Associate editor Kory Stamper labeled “f-bomb” “very visually evocative.” “It’s not just the F-word,” said Stamper. “It’s F-bomb. You know that it’s going to cause a lot of consternation and possible damage.” Merriam-Webster will be the first mainstream dictionary include the word. [Gawker]