Merriam-Webster just added WTF to its dictionary. The phrase, which stands for “what the…” is “used especially to express of describe outraged surprise, recklessness, confusion, or bemusement.”
WTF joins the list along with the newly introduced “emoji,” “meme” and “clickbait” – among 1,700 more words – to the dictionary.
In its blog post, Merriam-Webster stated the words are “kind of goofy” and some of these originate from the “not-so-natural world,” including “net neutrality,” “dark money,” “click fraud,” “photobomb” and “NSFW,” which stands for Not Safe For Work.
According to the revised dictionary, the definition of photobomb is “to move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or a prank.”
It can also be used as a noun as the act of photobombing itself. The person who jumps into the picture frame is called a photobomber.
According to CNN, the new words belong to a range of classifications. Taking food for example, there’s crema, which is a “a layer of tan creamy froth that forms on the top of freshly made espresso”; or even chilaquiles, “a Mexican dish of fried corn tortilla pieces simmered with salsa or mole and typically topped with cheese and other accompaniments.”
The dictionary also describes the colony collapse disorder, saying it is “a disorder of honeybees (Apis mellifera) that is characterized by sudden colony death due to the disappearance of all adult worker bees in a hive while immature bees, the queen bee and the honey remain and that is of unknown cause.”
Last year, Merriam-Webster incorporated “selfie” and “hashtag” in its index, according to The Huffington Post.
Although the usage of several of these words has been quite extensive, a long process is involved in deciding which words make it to the dictionary, according to The Washington Post. Each word is closely tracked, with the editors analyzing how frequently it is used.
Merriam-Webster says that words should be “used in a substantial number of citations that come from a wide range of publications over a considerable period of time.
“Specifically, the word must have enough citations to allow accurate judgments about its establishment, currency, and meaning.”
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