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New words added by Merriam Webster, Bummer- No benefit to Wine & Chocolate, Unu

6:15 Ah, the new words that we are using these days. Merriam Webster has gotten into it too. Now, we see them add to their collegiate dictionary.

Merriam-Webster Adds 'Tweep', 'Selfie', 'Hashtag' And More To Dictionary (May 20, 2014)

Here's a selection of the 150 words Merriam-Webster added to its collegiate dictionary, along with the earliest mention of each word and the definition. The dictionary is now available now in print and online at

Auto-Tune (v., 2003): to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software esp. to correct sung notes that are out of tune

baby bump (n., 2003): the enlarged abdomen of a pregnant woman

big data (n., 1980): an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools

brilliant (adj., new sense): British: very good, excellent

cap-and-trade (adj.,1995): relating to or being a system that caps the amount of carbon emissions a given company may produce but allows it to buy rights to produce additional emissions from a company that does not use the equivalent amount of its own allowance

catfish (n., new sense): a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes

crowdfunding (n., 2006): the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people esp. from the online community

digital divide (n., 1996): the economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who have computers and online access and those who do not

dubstep (n., 2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns

e-waste (n., 2004): waste consisting of discarded electronic products (as computers, televisions, and cell phones)

fangirl (n., 1934): a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something

fracking (n., 1953): the injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas)

freegan (n., 2006): an activist who scavenges for free food (as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants) as a means of reducing consumption of resources

gamification (n., 2010): the process of adding game or gamelike elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation

hashtag (n., 2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that clarifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet)

hot spot (n., new sense): a place where a wireless Internet connection is available

insource (v., 1983): to procure (as some goods or services needed by a business or organization) under contract with a domestic or in-house supplier

motion capture (n., 1992): a technology for digitally recording specific movements of a person (as an actor) and translating them into computer-animated images

paywall (n., 2004): a system that prevents Internet users from accessing certain Web content without a paid subscription

pepita (n., 1942): the edible seed of a pumpkin or squash often dried or toasted

pho (n., 1935): a soup made of beef or chicken broth and rice noodles

poutine (n., 1982): chiefly Canada: a dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds

selfie (n., 2002): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera esp. for posting on social networks.

social networking (n., 1998): the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships esp. online

spoiler alert (n., 1994): a reviewer’s warning that a plot spoiler is about to be revealed

steampunk (n., 1987): science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology

turducken (n., 1982): a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey

tweep (n., 2008): a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets

unfriend (v., 2003): to remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a person’s social networking Web site


6:45 Wine And Chocolate Are No Longer Good For You! (May 14, 2014)

Scientists have ruined everyone's favorite excuse for drinking red wine and eating chocolate.   A new study has found the antioxidant found in both indulgences does not produce any health benefits.  It was previously believed that resveratrol helped to prevent heart disease and some types of cancer, but researchers at John Hopkins University have proven that theory incorrect.  Their study, which assessed a large group of Italians - who consume a diet rich in resveratrol - found that they do not live longer and are just as likely to develop cardiovascular disease or cancer as individuals who consume smaller amounts of the compound.  (Time)

I'm in denial about all of this and will proceed to stuff my face with chocolate and red wine! Who's with me?


Also, this Nutella is celebrating 50 year birthday with a food truck tour across the country! Yay!


7:15 I feel like this is “life hack week”. Uses for Everyday items week continues with Pantyhose! I got a few new ideas from this today. I mean, I use the thing where you put shards of soap into panty hose and use them so they aren't a waste. I've also used them to strain things, but I never thought of storing onions that way or vacuuming up small items with pantyhose on the end of a vacuum nozzle. Cool.




8:15 I spend a lot of time trying to clean my house because I'm so messy. That means that I never really get anywhere with the project. However, here are a ton of cool cleaning tips for those with OCD. 

Cool cleaning tips...if you are a little OCD, you'll love these.


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