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'Mouse Potato' And 'Google' Are Among Dictionary's New Words

By: Greg Ponesse - Published: • References: mywesttexas
Need tips on how to groom a unibrow or soul patch?



Just google it. Or get a mouse potato to do it for you.


If you're still lost, grab the latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary for a definition of those and about 100 other words that have made their way into its pages.


But be warned: you might come across a drama queen (a person given to often excessively emotional performances or reactions), an empty suit (an ineffectual executive), or a himbo (an attractive but vacuous man -- think "male bimbo".)


"We try to have a mix that addresses the wide range of people's information needs when adding new words," said John Morse, president of the Springfield-based dictionary publisher. "It could be a technical term or some light-hearted slang that sends people to a dictionary."


To make it into the dictionary, a word has to be more than a flash-in-the-pan fad. It needs staying power.