We recently told you about some of the new words the Oxford English Dictionary is adding. Now, the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is getting BIGGER too.
“Bromance” – That describes a guy who spends a lot of time hanging out with his best buddy.
Also: “Helicopter parent” – That’s a term we’ve talked about before, describing overly involved parents who hover over kids like a helicopter.
Merriam-Webster is also adding: “fist bump” - That’s the act of bumping the front of a closed fist against that of another person. Some say it’s like a germ-free high five!
And there’s “Tweet” – Not the bird kind, but a post made on the online message service Twitter.
Peter Sokolowski is an editor at Merriam-Webster who says words are only added to the dictionary when they become popular enough to be understood by a majority of people. So, I’ll assume you know what I mean when I say: I enjoy being a helicopter parent so much, that I feel like I’m having a bromance with the other Dads I fist-bump at my daughter’s ballet recitals! Now, excuse me while I go tweet about it……