‘Google’, ‘Spyware’ and various other Technology-centric words added to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

'Google' in the Dictionary A few years back one could only dream of having words belonging to the world of technology to be included in a dictionary that is referred by one and all throughout the world. But this is no longer a dream as the eleventh edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has officially included 100 new words into the English lexicon, including a handful from the spectrum of technology. “Google” is now a full-fledged verb that means using the Google search engine to retrieve information.

“Spyware” which is defined as software that is installed in a computer without the user’s knowledge and transmits information about the user’s computer activities over the Internet is the other new entrant into the dictionary, as well as “mouse potato,” which means a person spending a great deal of time on the computer. Merriam-Webster lexicographers search magazines, newspapers and websites in order to discover new phrases that are being used everyday. Also new to the dictionary are “supersize,” “ringtone” and “bling.”

According to analysts, this development was only to be expected and it reflects the huge popularity of Google, the wide and common usage by people from all walks of life.