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We updated our dictionary! You now have a new and improved Dictionary.com. How can something be both “new” and “improved”? We added 183 new words and updated 146 existing definitions to reflect our ever-evolving language. We also added more detailed notes about word usage, word history, and synonyms to some very particular words, like zucchini, expediate, and assume.

Even though we don’t constantly think about it, language changes subtly every day. Vocabulary is one way to measure this linguistic shift. When we add new words to the dictionary, we recognize they are now being used by a substantial portion of the population. (We do not just add words that we think should be used.) How do we choose which words to add to the dictionary? Learn more about neologisms and codification here.

A few popular words from last year made the cut, including tebowing and Zumba. Some words aren’t new to the language, but have acquired new meaning. For example, aught is now used to describe the last decade. Here are a few more of our favorites:

adjectivize
couch-surf
demonym
dead zone
QR Code
pixelate
aggregator
cyberbully
cognitive map
anyhoo

Are words ever removed from the dictionary? Oh yes. Learn how here.

What do you think we should add on our next update?

Bulging belly buttons in babies usually go away after year

Chicago Sun-Times January 30, 1992 | Dr. Paul Donohue; Paul G. Donohue (STANDARD) Q. My daughter had a baby boy, who is now about a month old. He has a herniated belly button. It is about the size of a golf ball. I’ve had four children of my own and three other grandchildren and never experienced this. Should something be done? Please offer your opinion. see here strep throat contagious

A. After birth, the stomach muscles surrounding the umbilical-cord entrance close naturally. When that closure is delayed or incomplete for one reason or another, a hernia, a bulge in the weakened area, occurs. This is very common in babies of low birth weight and more so in black infants than others.

Most umbilical hernias that appear before six months disappear by the end of the baby’s first year. Surgery is indicated only if the hernia has not disappeared between the ages of 3 and 5, if it shows progressive enlargement between ages 1 and 2, or if a piece of intestine has become trapped and cannot be freed.

Q. Just recently I found out that a young friend has a rare disease called Alport’s. Please tell me about this.

A. Briefly, Alport’s syndrome is an inherited illness with two important signs – deafness and kidney disturbance. Although there is no cure, both the deafness and kidney disturbance can be helped. web site strep throat contagious

Q. Is it possible to eat shellfish all one’s life and then have anaphylactic reaction to it?

A. Yes. In fact it is the usual thing to have a sudden allergy to something you have eaten with impunity in the past. This happened to me with penicillin.

However, anaphylaxis is an intense and dangerous reaction – breathing loss and great drop in blood pressure, for example. It is, fortunately, a rare allergy manifestation. You have piqued our imagination. Would you like to expand on just what happened to you?

Q. Is a strep throat contagious to others? I am a young mother who will probably have reason to understand strep throat.

A. Yes, it is contagious. This is why a youngster should be kept home until 24 hours after starting antibiotics and until fever has subsided.

Dr. Paul Donohue; Paul G. Donohue (STANDARD)

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  4. sandeep -  May 30, 2012 - 9:11 am

    lol:)good dictionary

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  5. mary torres :)2 gud 4 u :) -  May 21, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    lol

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  6. LOL -  May 11, 2012 - 1:02 am

    If anybody here is a fan of the word LOL, write it here. Cuz I feel very lonely, being the only one liking LOL.(boo hoo hoo) P.S. LOL

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  7. sharrun -  May 8, 2012 - 11:43 am

    my dream words are

    laugh out loud

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  8. Max -  May 7, 2012 - 3:47 pm

    I see O_o o_O
    Good Stuff!!

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  9. mary torres $ca$hin out$ -  May 5, 2012 - 6:05 am

    love dont hate!

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  10. AR -  May 3, 2012 - 11:16 am

    add YOLO to the dictionary.

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  11. mary torres !so chula! -  April 26, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    i love yall lol

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  12. Jason A. Astor -  April 26, 2012 - 1:34 pm

    could we put a new word in the dictionary because i was thinking of huogoliene(hyoo-go-lane) meaning very funny

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  13. Jason A. Astor -  April 26, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    could we make up our own words and put them in the dictionary? because ive been thinking “huoline”- (meaning with lots of laghter) :) PLEASE!!!! :O
    anyhoo its pronounced (hyoo-lane)

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  14. Jason A. Astor -  April 26, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    WOW!!!! I DID NOT KNOW THIS STUFF!!!!!!!!!!! LOL :) ;) :P

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  15. Chuck Norris -  April 26, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    I unlike words, they are doubleplusungood. Undoubleplus words!

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  16. Dez -  April 26, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Awesome!! I LOVE WORDS!!! <3 WORD ON PEEPS!

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  17. silindile -  April 26, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Most of us use the word “anywho” but it does not make it a proper word, so everyone chill out!!tht sounds harsh doesn’t it?LOLO..

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  18. silindile -  April 26, 2012 - 9:45 am

    Most of us the word”anywho” but it does not make it a proper word, so everyone chill out!!tht sounds harsh doesn’t it?!!LOL..

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  19. mary torres !so chula! -  April 26, 2012 - 8:19 am

    @LOL thats corny brah!!!!!!

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  20. nobody -  April 26, 2012 - 6:54 am

    @Reid Claire Lee
    making the cut usually means you survived while other things/people were cut, like when you try out for a sports team. Anyhooo, I thought ‘cyberbully’ was already codefied. And tebow shouldn’t be a word. In 10 years, no one’s going to remember what it means.

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  21. flower -  April 26, 2012 - 4:21 am

    what does anyhoo words come from, soon will be lolla

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  22. Lillypad -  April 25, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    most stupidest song i’ve ever heard: be be be my bff so idk wuz comin next and i’ll be lmho with the rest so ttylxox

    i hope ttylxox won’t be added to the dictionary………

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  23. J J Rousseau -  April 25, 2012 - 12:53 pm

    Marvin, great Lyrics by Paul Anka — made famous by Frank Sinatra, Oui?
    Plagiarism or homage?

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  24. sherryyu -  April 25, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    wat the hike does demonym mean ive never ever seen the word in my whole life

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  25. El Swaggarific (x -  April 25, 2012 - 10:26 am

    I think I have a new favorite word “adjectivize” also tomorrows my birthday :).

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  26. Reid Claire Lee -  April 25, 2012 - 9:15 am

    @Eyewitness and others!
    “A few popular words from last year made the cut, including tebowing and Zumba”
    As in they were cut from the dictionary. Not added.

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  27. Teleporter -  April 25, 2012 - 8:23 am

    If they have teleport, teleporting, and teleported in the dictionary, they should aslo have teleporter in it.

    Teleporter- Having the ability to teleport

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  28. marvin -  April 25, 2012 - 7:13 am

    And now, the end is near;
    And so I face the final curtain.
    My friend, I’ll say it clear,
    I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

    I’ve lived a life that’s full.
    I’ve traveled each and ev’ry highway;
    And more, much more than this,
    I did it my way.

    Regrets, I’ve had a few;
    But then again, too few to mention.
    I did what I had to do
    And saw it through without exemption.

    I planned each charted course;
    Each careful step along the byway,
    But more, much more than this,
    I did it my way.

    Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
    When I bit off more than I could chew.
    But through it all, when there was doubt,
    I ate it up and spit it out.
    I faced it all and I stood tall;
    And did it my way.

    I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried.
    I’ve had my fill; my share of losing.
    And now, as tears subside,
    I find it all so amusing.

    To think I did all that;
    And may I say – not in a shy way,
    No, oh no not me,
    I did it my way.

    For what is a man, what has he got?
    If not himself, then he has naught.
    To say the things he truly feels;
    And not the words of one who kneels.
    The record shows I took the blows -
    And did it my way!

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  29. DICTIONARYUPDATE | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  April 25, 2012 - 6:26 am

    [...] ‘Dictionary Update’ — Who could ask for anything more? — We might like another cup of coffee or more comprehensive definitions or a paper cut for sure. — To Adjectivize the situation to sell more advertizement is like a ‘Couch-Surf’ at a friend’s house with some pretentious ‘Demonym’ confinement.  — The ‘Dead Zone’ is between our ears with Ecology at a lacking oxygen level — The QR-Code in the Gulf Grease Slick Should be the Mark of Zorro — BP, Shell all go to hell and ‘Pixelate’ the fishes — It’s an election year so have no fear of an ‘Aggregator’ for all the poisonous dishes. — The ‘Cyberbully’ is usually drooly and has no ‘Cognitive Map’ — Usually stands for nothing and totally totally lost in their own crap — or Bugaboo. — We might return later and circle back — Maybe not. — ‘Anyhoo’. –>>L.T.Rhyme [...]

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  30. The Girl from Italy -  April 25, 2012 - 6:12 am

    I doubt you all care, but a word that needs to be improved would be bad touch….Unless you don’t have that on here….It’s used so common over the net it’s ridiculous….Okay maybe not but I know a trio by that name.XD Okay I feel like a troll so sorry to those who think I am.

    Seriously though I’m happy they added Anywho to the dictioanry. This should have done years ago.

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  31. John -  April 25, 2012 - 5:38 am

    Watch that you don’t include temporary fad words that come and go quickly. One of the tests the words should be measured against is longevity. “Pixilate” has been around for a while because it actually means something functional. I haven’t heard “couch-surf” for a while now. And BTW, it’s “anywho”, not “anyhoo”. It’s a resigning exclamation basically meaning “whatever or whoever”.

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  32. Tuna ;D -  April 24, 2012 - 11:11 pm

    Ha ha ha ha!
    What do they mean…?
    i no what zumba is…..but anywhoo..?

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  33. Ryan -  April 24, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    You should add this word to the dictionary:

    “Jimmer”

    Verb. Accomplish any seemingly impossible feat, usually in athletics. Named after Jimmer Fredette, the Brigham Young University basketball player who was National Player of the Year and the leading NCAA scorer during his senior year. This verb is widely used throughout Utah and among BYU fans and Mormons alike.

    Examples:
    You just got jimmered.
    Jimmer it up man.

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  34. Lewis -  April 24, 2012 - 9:55 pm

    ‘Anyhoo’ is described as being an alternative spelling to ‘anywho’, but isn’t ‘anywho’ just an odd way of saying ‘anyway’?

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  35. ok -  April 24, 2012 - 8:06 pm

    I think the spelling of anyhoo should be changed, it should always be anywho, I am an avid user of that word and I have always spelled it anywho.

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  36. sarah -  April 24, 2012 - 6:26 pm

    i think that this is very amazing and enthusiastically great and amazin’ (by the way i’m 90 years ol’

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  37. RoseGUst -  April 24, 2012 - 6:18 pm

    Thanks for the information, however it is quite complicated specially here in the Philippines most of the dictionary here are not updated…. lol

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  38. kitty -  April 24, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    hryyyy!ppl

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  39. LOL -  April 24, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    My dream dictionary words:
    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
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  40. aPastafarian -  April 24, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    I’d like to see the ‘word’ TYPONEESE added, it’s meaning? The ability to correctly ‘translate’ a mis-typed word. IE No problem, I speak typoneese.

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  41. Andres Limon (Seriously, it's Limon) -  April 24, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Hahaha, now I have evidence to show to my english teacher that “Anyhoo” IS a word!!!

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  42. BennyBeagle -  April 24, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    I think you should add the word Etutu, pronounced ee-tuh-tuh. It’s what you say when you don’t know what to say, like um, hm, and er.

    ~!@#$%^&*()_+BennyBeagle=-0987654321`

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  43. :) -  April 24, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Yes! I’ve always wanted new words added to the dictionary…..

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  44. What???? -  April 24, 2012 - 2:14 pm

    Anyhoo………?

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  45. OnceInABlueMoon -  April 24, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    I just wish more of the added words derived from Latin or Greek.

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  46. Melanie -  April 24, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    Aught is an Olde English word which means “nothing’ or zero. I use it in the sizes of seed beads in my jewelry. Surgeons use it in the sizes of suture material. Double aught is smaller than aught. triple aught is still smaller.

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  47. Kt -  April 24, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    I’m glad you updated the dictionary. For the commenters that are angered by this- What’s wrong with you? Of course the Dictionary is going to update the words! Ever heard of the word quiz? Hasn’t been around very long, actually. We need new words to describe what’s going on in the world and give names to new things. Wake up people.

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  48. Lynxs -  April 24, 2012 - 11:17 am

    Looooool, I use Anywhoo all the time. X3 Great! :D Now it’s actually a word!

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  49. Julie -  April 24, 2012 - 10:29 am

    You guys have really got to add “petrichor” to your lexicon – a quick definition would be “the smell of rain”. Here’s a link to its wiktionary entry: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/petrichor

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  50. Katie -  April 24, 2012 - 9:25 am

    tebowing…. really???

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  51. JFeighner -  April 24, 2012 - 9:08 am

    Yes…I use ‘anywho’ all the time. Great to see it’s now considered a real word. I do feel, though, that it should be spelled ‘anywho’ not ‘anyhoo’, as dictionary.com spelled it in the article.

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  52. Matthew -  April 24, 2012 - 8:49 am

    I clicked on your link to tebowing and the resulting page said word could not be found.

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  53. Ronald -  April 24, 2012 - 8:30 am

    It`s really great to know that you are helping people around the world to enrich their vocabulary.

    I`m learning a lot with you guys. thak`s

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  54. Socrates -  April 24, 2012 - 8:25 am

    Not sure, anyhoo is such a good idea and may not pass your English teacher’s smell test More and more (at least half way) “educated” people now are also using irregular verbs the wrong way: “I should have went there and wrote you a postcard” etc. Should Dictionary.com be assisting our rapid language degradation?

    Hot Word, one of the most fun, creative, and entertaining websites.
    Thanks!

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  55. Patty Thuroczy -  April 24, 2012 - 8:07 am

    How about adding “clickyism”, as in to be part of a group of people that not only hang out together, but think alike as well?

    Or “clingyism” for a person who is constantly clinging to people or other items?

    Thank you.

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  56. zhane -  April 24, 2012 - 6:27 am

    my favorite new word is CYBERBULLY I’m so excited to use that word…

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  57. Picayune -  April 24, 2012 - 6:00 am

    Good article, except… look up the difference between “everyday” and “every day”.

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  58. Orestes -  April 24, 2012 - 5:14 am

    Stratophilia: Made up from the Greek words στρατό (armed force/military) and φιλία (friendship/love).
    The love of all things that are military (i.e. dress sense, decorum, discipline, traditions and so on.) I’ve done loads of research and just can’t find an English word that captures the sentiment of someone being infatuated by the military institution without necessarily caring about war itself.

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  59. B -  April 24, 2012 - 3:25 am

    @Mitchell Rilatos No, definitely ‘anyhoo’. I always used it to mean ‘anyway’ when trying to stop people/myself talking about unrelated things during a conversation – as in, ‘enough of all the hoo-haa, let’s get back to the point’.

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  60. Rustgold -  April 24, 2012 - 3:04 am

    Some of these additions are good, however…
    If we want slang, then there’s trashy Urban Dictionary. and since when do trade marks or abbreviation make full words?

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  61. LOL -  April 24, 2012 - 2:46 am

    any-what? maybe adding 300 new words wasn’t such a good idea after all…

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  62. maura faithfull -  April 24, 2012 - 2:43 am

    using a thesaurus and find other words that means

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  63. Renrut -  April 24, 2012 - 2:40 am

    You are contravening the law ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’

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  64. 15B -  April 23, 2012 - 10:59 pm

    ._. They had to add adjective…?

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  65. scott -  April 23, 2012 - 9:30 pm

    Am I the only one that remembers Dictionary.com making the claim that the English language is dieing?

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  66. Chea -  April 23, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    I guess I just find it weird that a dictionary would ever consider adding a word like anyhoo. Maybe I can sort of understand cyberbully…. no… no I really don’t. ANYHOO, where do I go to get erabody added into the dictionary? As in: “Erabody be crazy”

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  67. steven -  April 23, 2012 - 8:04 pm

    i will love the words

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  68. Joberto Lee -  April 23, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    I would really like to see fatuosity added to the dictionary. Its definition is as follows: a person, thing, place, idea, thought, feeling, etc. that is fatuous or dumb.

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  69. HuBBaBuBBa -  April 23, 2012 - 5:45 pm

    What’s ‘anyhoo’?

    Sounds like someone’s mocking somebody.

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  70. Mackenzie -  April 23, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    Awesome!!!!!!!

    I think cyberbully is a good word to have. after all, there are a lot of them out there…….:( cyberbullies are stupid in my opinion, but whatever…

    :) kenz

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  71. The Stalker (I know where you live) -  April 23, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    That’s interesting. My class did a project on QR codes and now the’re popping up everywhere!

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  72. chuck noris -  April 23, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    WHOOT WHOOT!!!!!!!

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  73. Truelexi -  April 23, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    Couch-surf sounds like a good word for me…

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  74. Truelexi -  April 23, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    I use that word alot! Anyhoo! But I spell it anywho…

    Also pixelate!

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  75. Epic -  April 23, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    Cool chiz pplz

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  76. Laverna -  April 23, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Yes… me and my brothers do like words…

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  77. Laurent -  April 23, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    … Awesome… I like words…

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  78. Eyewitness -  April 23, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    If tebowing [Tebowing?] and Zumba have been added to the list, then I must recommend for the next update that the word ‘vogue’ also have an ancillary definition added to its page within Dictionary.com.

    ‘To vogue’ or ‘vogueing’ ['voguing'?] is/was a popular disco dance form in which dancers transition from one pose in extremis to another, often languidly and against the percussive beat of the music, imitative of the haute monde fashion postures of Vogue Magazine models featured in editorial spreads. Vogueing became a specialized dance form at first especially among transvestites who were tall and lean, but advanced to general audience participation, perhaps not the least popularity of which is because ‘vogueing’ may be acceptably performed without a designated dance partner.

    As a benchmark of popular culture, vogueing has certainly been around longer than tebowing and Zumba. Best wishes to all.

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  79. enrique -  April 23, 2012 - 1:48 pm

    heres a new word for you cachu! means to catch

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  80. enrique -  April 23, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    whta in the world is aught?

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  81. Sabrina -  April 23, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    cool, <3 vocab

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  82. Rochelle -  April 23, 2012 - 1:14 pm

    @JR It means quick-response.

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  83. Rachel-Arianna -  April 23, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    That’s great! Looking forward to seeing the new definitions!

    Reply
  84. Me -  April 23, 2012 - 1:08 pm

    Yeah. Wow, this is so cool. nice new words. I guess I’ll look them up! Couch surfing? what’s that?

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  85. Corinne -  April 23, 2012 - 1:06 pm

    Quick Response code

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  86. Mitchell Rilatos -  April 23, 2012 - 11:56 am

    Or maybe that’s anywho… Who knows?

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  87. Mitchell Rilatos -  April 23, 2012 - 11:54 am

    Anyhoo is commonly used.

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  88. JR -  April 23, 2012 - 11:36 am

    What does QR stand for anyway? It looks pixelated to me.

    Reply

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