Merrian-Webster Adds "Fanboy" to the Dictionary

Yes indeed, the term “fanboy” has been uttered enough for Merriam-Webster to add it to its new edition of the Collegiate Dictionary. M-W says it picks the new dictionary entries only after it starts to see the words used over time without explanation or translation.

Here are some of the latest entries, along with the year in which Merriam-Webster first found them used in an English-language publication:

  • Air quotes (1989): gesture made by raising and flexing the index and middle fingers of both hands, used to call attention to a spoken word or expression.
  • Fanboy (1919): boy who is an enthusiastic devotee, such as of comics or movies.
  • Malware (1990): software designed to interfere with a computer’s normal functioning.
  • Mental health day (1971): day that an employee takes off from work to relieve stress or renew vitality.
  • Pretexting (1992): presenting oneself as someone else to obtain private information.
  • Webinar (1998): live, online educational presentation during which participating viewers can submit questions and comments.

So fanboy was first used in 1919? Wow. Did not realize that geekdom has been around this long. Cheers to them for noticing the trend though, and finally adding it. Now we can utter the term without sounding like a nub – because it is a real word finally.

Via: Associated Press

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