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'Fanboy' enters MW dictionary

'Fanboy' enters MW dictionary

We did a google search for 'Fanboy' and this is what came up - just be thankful we cropped above the crotch.

Meriam-Webster has just updated it's dictionary again and has added a good 100 or so words to the English language, including the word 'Fanboy'.

'Fanboy' joins words such as 'w00t' that have transcended from niche slang and jargon status, to official words recognised by authoritative bodies. Also joining the MW dictionary from the world of computer jargon is 'Malware' - defined as "software designed to interfere with a computer's normal functioning."

Fanboy itself isn't associated with computer gaming directly however, despite that being the most regular modern usage. Instead, Merriam Webster defines a fanboy as "a boy who is an enthusiastic devotee, such as of comics or movies" - a definition which opens up all sorts of questions about the gender allocation (fangirl?), age implication (fanman?) and origin of the word. Though no source is cited by Yahoo, the word is defined as first being recorded in 1919.

Merriam-Webster has added a bunch of none-tech words to the dictionary too, such as 'Soju' (a Korean rice vodka), 'Racino' (racetrack with slot machines available) and 'Dwarf planet' (celestial body that orbits the sun and has a spherical shape, but is too small to disturb other objects from its orbit.)

Our favourite addition however has to be 'Mondegreen', which was first recorded in 1954 and means "a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung. From the mishearing in a Scottish ballad of "laid him on the green" as "Lady Mondegreen.""

What do you think to the latest additions? Should slang such as 'w00t' and 'fanboy' be added to the dictionary, or does the process of making them official remove their slang status and mean they will inevitably decline? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Risky 8th July 2008, 14:07 Quote
That is a very scary picture. Should we not be warned before we click on the story?
Timmy_the_tortoise 8th July 2008, 14:08 Quote
Quite literally the worst swimsuit ever made.
Silver51 8th July 2008, 14:12 Quote
I was eating my lunch. Don't think I want it any more.
liratheal 8th July 2008, 14:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Silver51
I was eating my lunch. Don't think I want it any more.

What was it?

Having seen GWAR live, fat people in stupid clothes fail to remove my appetite, and I forgot my lunch today >.>
Bauul 8th July 2008, 14:26 Quote
What's going through that guy's head as that photo is taken?

It looks like he's half proud, half scared, and half bad at maths.
Timmy_the_tortoise 8th July 2008, 14:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
What's going through that guy's head as that photo is taken?

It looks like he's half proud, half scared, and half bad at maths.

He's anxious for this shoot to be the final step in his (hopefully successful) courtship/seduction of Steve Jobs.
DXR_13KE 8th July 2008, 14:52 Quote
i actually googled for it.... it was a bad decision...
p3n 8th July 2008, 15:00 Quote
what about soulja boy?
Timmy_the_tortoise 8th July 2008, 15:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
what about soulja boy?

Throw some Ds on that bitch, and then superman that hoe!

What about him?
Silver51 8th July 2008, 15:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
What was it?

Ham sandwich.
Flibblebot 8th July 2008, 15:14 Quote
Was there an apple in your lunchbox too...? :D

Scary pic (I was to scared to google for the original), but interested (in a truly nerdy way) to find that fanboy dates that far back.
Of course, you realise that above is the only acceptable occurrence for "fanboy" and "date" to appear in the same sentence?
Timmy_the_tortoise 8th July 2008, 15:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
Was there an apple in your lunchbox too...? :D

Scary pic (I was to scared to google for the original), but interested (in a truly nerdy way) to find that fanboy dates that far back.
Of course, you realise that above is the only acceptable occurrence for "fanboy" and "date" to appear in the same sentence?

What about "The date of the great fanboy massacre was 21st December 2012"?
ChaosDefinesOrder 8th July 2008, 15:17 Quote
"a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said"

This would be something that annoys me a times, people saying "should of..." instead of "should have..." The "of" being a mishearing of the 've shortening of have. (Should have -> Should've -> Should of)

The use of w00t won't decline for a long time yet, it's taken a similar status as "cool"
Silver51 8th July 2008, 15:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
Was there an apple in your lunchbox too...? :D

No, but there was a fruit cup and a couple of Tracker bars.
Darkedge 8th July 2008, 15:37 Quote
w00t does NOT deserve to be in the dictionary as its not even a word by anyones description - fanboy however makes perfect sense. Oh but of course it's American mirriam-webster 'dictionary' so it's not even spelling things correctly ;)
MrMonroe 8th July 2008, 15:50 Quote
They got the definition of malware wrong somehow. It doesn't need to be designed specifically to mess up the system, it can do that as a side effect of delivering you stupid ads as well.
Timmy_the_tortoise 8th July 2008, 15:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Darkedge
w00t does NOT deserve to be in the dictionary as its not even a word by anyones description - fanboy however makes perfect sense. Oh but of course it's American mirriam-webster 'dictionary' so it's not even spelling things correctly ;)

You know, before Samuel Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" in 1755.. there were no "spellings".. Standardization was aided by the dictionary's release.. but it really doesn't matter.
Colt 45 J 8th July 2008, 18:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Darkedge
w00t does NOT deserve to be in the dictionary as its not even a word by anyones description - fanboy however makes perfect sense. Oh but of course it's American mirriam-webster 'dictionary' so it's not even spelling things correctly ;)

Appears you can't spell correctly either ;) its Merriam-Webster not mirriam-webster...

mondegreen... I will totally use that word now in daily conversation..
Colt 45 J 8th July 2008, 18:20 Quote
:/ I cant edit, so to add to my previous post, I agree w00t is not a word...
Demon Cleaner 8th July 2008, 23:01 Quote
w00t?? It's more of an exclamation than a real word imo.
Singularity 9th July 2008, 00:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Timmy_the_tortoise

What about "The date of the great fanboy massacre was 21st December 2012"?

When do the spectator tickets go on sale?
PhenomRed 9th July 2008, 03:29 Quote
it was really clever of me to click onto this at work... trying to explain why your looking at a picture of a large male in an apple leotard is harder than it sounds
r4tch3t 9th July 2008, 05:25 Quote
w00t is onomatopoeia, are onomatopoeia words in the dictionary?
CardJoe 9th July 2008, 08:02 Quote
Onomatapaeic words are in the dictionary, but W00t isn't one of them. It doesn't occur on its own, it's a human-created sound. Zap is onomatapaeic because the sound of ZAP! exists and the word ZAP! is used to describe that sound. W00t, while the sound may exist in some instances, the word isn't used to directly to describe the sound. It also uses non-standard conventions and is a slang (not jargon) term, which in some circles would also prohibit it.
pistol_pete 9th July 2008, 10:29 Quote
Surely 'w00t' has two zeros in it, if you spell it correctly, and therefore isn't a word? "woot" isn' t the same.
ChaosDefinesOrder 10th July 2008, 10:08 Quote
I thought w00t was "L33t-ised" "WOOT" which stood for "We Owned the Other Team" and originated from Counterstrike...
CardJoe 10th July 2008, 10:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by pistol_pete
Surely 'w00t' has two zeros in it, if you spell it correctly, and therefore isn't a word? "woot" isn' t the same.

Non-standard features can be part of a word, definitely.
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