#1 Posted by zero edge (3696 posts) - - Show Bio

Fanboy is now an official word, it was just officially added into the Merriam-Webster dictionary... that's awesome. link

"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."""
#2 Posted by lady_redhead (9592 posts) - - Show Bio


#3 Posted by Vaan (342 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome. I'm going to call people fanboy now but with a different meaning.

#4 Posted by Vance Astro (91403 posts) - - Show Bio


#5 Posted by pixelized (62883 posts) - - Show Bio

w00t? LOL

#6 Posted by King Saturn (225088 posts) - - Show Bio
Wow.  Well I guess its about time
#7 Posted by _Obsidian_ (5028 posts) - - Show Bio

About time :P

#8 Posted by TheDrifter (26563 posts) - - Show Bio