Question: I know the English language is always changing. Do these changes reflect internet-related terms?
Short Tutorial/FAQ – What Internet-Related Terms Have Been Added Recently To The Merriam-Webster Dictionary?
Answer: Absolutely. Here are some words that have been recently added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (that is, have become official English words):
- Binge-watch: to watch two or more episodes of a TV series in one sitting.
- Humblebrag: to make a seemingly modest statement on social media that's actually meant to draw attention to one's achievements.
- Listicle: an article presented online that contains a series of items in list form.
- NSFW: an abbreviation that stands for "not suitable for work," a warning that might accompany a link from a friend that — due to its racy content — one should open in private.
- Photobomb: to move into the frame of a photo that's being taken, as a prank.
- Ping: a signal sent from one computer to another across a network
- Ransomware: malware that requires victims to pay a ransom to access encrypted files.
- Troll: to harass, criticize, or antagonize someone through disparaging public statements.
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