28 Aug '11, 2am

US Merriam-Webster dictionary adds "tweet," "bromance" - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Crowdsourcing tweeters bonding in bromance and tracking cougars earned an official place in the English lexicon on Thursday when Merriam-Webster announced the addition of 150 words to its 2011 Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Social media-influenced terms like "crowdsourcing," which is "the practice of obtaining information from a large group of people who contribute online," joined pop culture-informed words such as "bromance" -- a "close, nonsexual friendship between men" and a new definition for "cougar" -- a "middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man." "From the dramatic events of the Arab Spring to the scandal that brought down Congressman Anthony Weiner, tweet is a word that has been part of the story," said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster's editor at large. "Now we feel (these words') meanings have stabiliz...

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