“Fangirl” and “dubstep” are now in the dictionary

May 20, 2014
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Merriam-Webster have revealed 150 new words, all of which will be added to the collegiate dictionary in 2014. As Time reports, the new plethora of words touch on a reflection of today's music culture, with words included ranging from “dubstep” (thanks, Sonny) to “crowdfunding.” Check out some of the music-related words below (via Merriam-Webster):

Auto-Tune (v., 2003): to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software esp. to correct sung notes that are out of tune”

crowdfunding (n., 2006): the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people esp. from the online community”

dubstep (n., 2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns”

fangirl (n., 1934): a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something”

steampunk (n., 1987): science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology”

Other words added, though not music-related, do say something about our culture. Good or bad, you be the judge:

selfie (n., 2002): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera esp. for posting on social networks.”

hashtag (n., 2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that clarifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet)”

catfish (n., new sense): a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes”

Written by Matt Crane