- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top 25 words and definitions added to the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary:

aha moment n (1939): a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension

brain cramp n (1982): an instance of temporary mental confusion resulting in an error or lapse of judgment

bucket list n (2006): a list of things that one has not done before, but wants to do before dying

cloud computing n (2006): the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the Internet

copernicium n (2009): a short-lived artificially produced radioactive element that has 112 protons

craft beer n (1986): a specialty beer produced in limited quantities: MICROBREW

earworm n (1802) 1: CORN EARWORM 2: a song or melody that keeps repeating in one’s mind

energy drink n (1904): a usually carbonated beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients (as taurine and ginseng) intended to increase the drinker’s energy

e-reader n (1999): a handheld electronic device designed to be used for reading e-books and similar material

f-bomb n (1988): used metaphorically as a euphemism

flexitarian n (1998): one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish

game changer n (1993): a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way

gassed adj (1919) … 2 slang: drained of energy: SPENT, EXHAUSTED

gastropub n (1996): a pub, bar, or tavern that also offers meals of high quality

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