“So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihoods,” Editor-at-Large Peter Sokolowski said in a press release.
In that spirit, we’ve decided to take our 10 favorites and illustrate them with GIFs, the gift that keeps on giving. Enjoy.
selfie (n., 2002): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera esp. for posting on social networks.
catfish (n., new sense): a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
hashtag (n., 2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that clarifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a Tweet)
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
tweep (n., 2008): a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets
steampunk (n., 1987): science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology
spoiler alert (n., 1994): a reviewer s warning that a plot spoiler is about to be revealed
turducken (n., 1982): a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey
unfriend (v., 2003): to remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a person s social networking Web site
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