Steampunk popularity accelerates to a new high

Steampunk selfie (hashtag selfie)
Steampunk selfie (hashtag selfie)

It’s been reported on a number of news sites that a number of new words have been added to the US collegiate dictionary Miriam-Webster and one of those is steampunk.Other words to be placed inside the tome include cringe-inducing self portrait abbreviation “selfie”, social media location slang term “hashtag” and a word that’s in every steampunk creator’s repertoire “crowdfunding”.

Words get included in the dictionary due to widespread use throughout the world and cultural reflections based on need and inspiration.

Here are the fifteen most popular words to be included:

  1. Auto-Tune or auto-tune vt (verb transitive) (2003): a proprietary signal processor, to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software, especially to correct sung notes that are out of tune
  2. Cap-and-trade adj (1995): relating to or being a system that caps the amount of carbon emissions a given company may produce but allows it to buy rights to produce additional emissions from a company that does not use the equivalent amount of its own allowance
  3. Catfish n (1612): (second definition) a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
  4. Crowdfunding n (2006): the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people, especially from the online community
  5. Dubstep n (2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns
  6. Fangirl n (1934): a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something
  7. Freegan n (2006): an activist who scavenges for free food (as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants) as a means of reducing consumption of resources
  8. Gamification n (2010): the process of adding games or gameline elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation
  9. Hashtag n (2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text, such as a tweet
  10. Selfie n (2002): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera, especially for posting on social networks
  11. Social networking n (1998): the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships, especially online
  12. Steampunk n (1987) science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology
  13. Turducken n (1982): a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey
  14. Tweep n (2008): a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets
  15. Yooper n (1977): a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname

What word would you like to see included in the dictionary? Leave your ideas in the comments box below.

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