The dictionary used to define what ultimately was proper and accurate language. But now popular culture is shifting the tide on language's evolution, and Merriam-Webster is following the signs with its latest additions.
According to TIME Magazine, the Merriam-Webster dictionary has added over one hundred words to their collegiate edition. Even with the rise of sites such as Wikipedia, the Merriam-Webster still stands as a landmark of the English language.
What will have music fans loving this latest batch of editions are two terms well known in the audiophile community. As reported by SPIN, the two terms are dubstep and Auto-Tune. They join a group of similar words that continue to define how the current generation speaks.
Dubstep has already been well-known to fans of electronic/EDM music and is the hallmark genre of artists Skrillex and Deadmau5, among others. Auto-Tune has been around for a while, but has recently come into vogue through artists like T-Pain, who make their usage of Auto-Tune incredible apparent on every track.
Some of the other terms joining the Merriam-Webster collegiate dictionary include those connected to social media, such as selfie and hashtag. Others are for foodies – the Canadian diner dish poutine and the Vietnamese soup pho are also in the mix.
What music terms do you think will soon be in the pages of the Merriam-Webster dictionary before long? Perhaps by 2020, we'll be looking up definitions for shoegaze and alternate meanings for Gleek among our more serious interests.