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Sunday 21 September 2014

The shortlisted words

Anita McSorley

Published 20/05/2014 | 10:34

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Here is the shortlist with words that the people at Collins dictionary are asking to us to vote on via Twitter

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Adorkable: Dorky in an adorable way.

Gaybourhood : A gay-friendly neighborhood, eg. Castro in San Francisco

Duckface: The traditional ‘pouting’ facial expression in selfies.

Fatberg: A large mass of solid waste, grease, etc, clogging a sewage system.

Felfie : A farmer selfie.

Vaguebooking:  posting deliberately vague status updates on social media to prompt a response.

Euromaidan:  The original pro-Europe protests in Ukraine, named for Maidan Square in Kiev.

Fracktivist: An activist who protests against fracking.

Nomakeupselfie: A selfie of a woman without make-up, posted online to raise awareness for a charity.

Across the pond, The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary have added 150 new words to their dictionary.

The additions to the US Dictionary reflect the growing impact of technology and social media. Words like hashtag, selfie, social networking and tweep, are among the additions to the best-selling US dictionary.

Here is a selection of the new words along with their definitions.

catfish: a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes

dubstep: a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns

fangirl: a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something

fracking: the injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas)

gamification: the process of adding game or gamelike elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation

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

paywall: a system that prevents Internet users from accessing certain Web content without a paid subscription

selfie: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera esp. for posting on social networks.

tweep: a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets

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