New Words for 2011
Tweet makes a hit with Social Media

Springfield, Mass. (JP) - Merriam-Webster added the following entries to its latest 2011 edition of its Collegiate Dictionary:

Americana:   Genre of American music with roots in early folk and country music.

Boomerang Child:   Young adult who returns to live at his/her family home, especially for financial reasons.

Bromance:   A close non-sexual friendship between men.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure:   A technique for relieving breathing problems (as those associated with sleep apnea or congestive heart failure) by pumping a steady flow of air through the nose to prevent the narrowing or collapse of air passages or to help the lungs to expand.

Cougar:   Slang term for a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man.

Crowdsourcing:   The practice of obtaining needed services, ideas or content by soliciting contribution from a large group of people, especially from the online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.

Duathlon:   A three-part long-distance race typically having a running phase, a bicycling phase and a final running phase. (this seems more like the definition of a “Triathlon” to the Joe-kster)

Fist Bump:   A gesture in which two people bump their fists together, as in greeting or celebration (a gesture made famous by U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, whose knuckle-knocking gesture of affection when he accepted the 2008 nomination was described by The Washington Post as “the fist bump heard around the world.”).

Helicopter Parent:   A parent who is overly involved in the life of his or her child.

M-Commerce:   Business transactions conducted by using a mobile electronic device, such as a cellphone.

Parkour:   The sport of traversing environmental obstacles by running, climbing or leaping rapidly and efficiently.

Robocall:   A telephone call from an automated source that delivers a pre-recorded message to a large number of people.

Social Media:   Forms of electronic communication, such as websites for social networking and microblogging, through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal message and other content such as videos.

Tweet:   A post made onthe Twitter online message service.

Walk-Off:   Ending a baseball game immediately by causing the winning run to score for the home team in the bottom of the last inning (i.e. a walk-off homer, a walk-off base on balls).

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