Catfish, Dubstep And Selfie Are Now In The Dictionary, So Tell Your Mom To Look It Up

Auto-Tune and hot spot made the grade, too.

“Turducken” is in the Merriam-Webster dictionary now. Turducken.

Don’t know what that is? Look it up, and while you’re at it, instead of trying to explain to your mom what a selfie, hashtag, paywall or freegan is, tell her to check out the 2014 edition of the collegiate dictionary.

Among the 150 other new words that made it into the MW this year: steampunk, Auto-Tune, catfish, crowdfunding, dubstep, baby bump, big data, e-waste, fracking, hot spot, motion capture, paywall, social networking, spoiler alert and unfriend.

The men of MTV’s “Catfish” were very appreciative of the honor, with Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost posting a pic on the Merriam website with their thanks for the recognition — and host Nev Schulman proudly holding up a copy of the new dictionary.

There was even one in the mix that we didn’t know, “Tweep,” a noun that is defined as “a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets.”

Let’s use some of the other new word in a sentence, shall we?

“I’m thinking of grabbing some pho (noun: a soup made of beef or chicken broth and rice noodles) and poutine (noun: a dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds) on Sunday when I watch the game with my Yooper (noun: a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname) pals.”

Often guilty, never convicted. Serving 15 years to life at MTV News.