New words in the dictionary

July 7, 2008 4:31:47 AM PDT
The wordsmiths at Merriam-Webster are out with their latest edition of the Collegiate Dictionary.And they've added about 100 new words and expressions.

Some reflect current events, like "dirty bomb" and "Norovirus."

Some others:

Fanboy: a boy who is an enthusiastic devotee, such as of comics or movies.

Infinity pool: an outdoor pool with an edge designed to make water appear to flow into the horizon.

Pescatarian: describes a vegetarian who eats fish.

The poker game "Texas Hold 'em" is now in the dictionary.

And then there's "mondegreen." In a category of its own, it describes words mistaken for other words. A mondegreen most often comes from misunderstood phrases or lyrics, such as "'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy" in place of "kiss the sky" in the 1967 Jimi Hendrix classic "Purple Haze."

Words make the cut based on how widely they're used in publications ranging from newspapers to technical manuals.

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