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Merriam-Webster adds 100 words to dictionary

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Merriam-Webster has added about 100 news words to its Collegiate Dictionary, which should help those uncertain whether they should accept an invitation to join a flash mob.

Many of the new entries are intended to keep up with the Internet age. Flash mob, for instance, refers to a group of people summoned by e-mail or text message to a location at a specific time to perform some sort of action, then disperse.

And it turns out that a sock puppet can be a little more sinister and tech-oriented than the cheap, improvised toy you pull out of the drawer. It's also a false online identity used for deceptive purposes.

The new terms keep up with other societal trends, like environmental awareness, food and music. Carbon footprint is the negative impact a person has on the environment through carbon emissions.

A locavore is someone who eats food grown locally whenever possible.

And Reggaeton is music that combines rap with Caribbean rhythms.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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