Alex Heigl
May 19, 2014 04:30 PM

Merriam-Webster has announced the 150 new words that will be added to its collegiate dictionary this year.

“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.
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catfish (n., new sense): a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
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hashtag (n., 2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that clarifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a Tweet)
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dubstep (n., 2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns
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fangirl (n., 1934): a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something
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tweep (n., 2008): a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets
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steampunk (n., 1987): science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology
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Spoiler Alert

spoiler alert (n., 1994): a reviewer s warning that a plot spoiler is about to be revealed
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turducken (n., 1982): a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey
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unfriend (v., 2003): to remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a person s social networking Web site
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