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The Merriam-Webster has updated its collegiate dictionary. Here are some of the new entries which were listed by associate editor Kory Stamper in The Daily Beast:

man cave n. (1992):


a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities.

sexting n. (2007):


the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cellphone

game changer n. (1993):


a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. (Popularised by Hillary Clinton)

gastropub n. (1996):


a pub, bar, or tavern that also offers meals of high quality

bucket list n. (2006):


a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying (Took off after the 2006 movie The Bucket List)

underwater adj. (1672):


having, relating to, or being a mortgage loan for which more is owed than the property securing the loan is worth

cloud computing n. (2006):


the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the internet

aha moment n. (1939):


a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension. (The phrase is quite old but was popularised by Oprah Winfrey)

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