Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds 'Craft Beer,' 'Gastropub'
They are now officially words of the English lexicon
Merriam-Webster has released the top 25 new words added to the English mainstream dictionary, and while the rest of the 100 new words are being kept under wraps, it seems drink and food still are major players in making new vocabulary official.
Of the top 25, three are drink-related: Craft beer, gastropub, and energy drink.
Funnily enough, each term has a date next to it, showing just how dated some words are. Energy drink, for example, first popped up in 1904, and is defined as "a usually carbonated beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients (as taurine and ginseng) intended to increase the drinker's energy."
Craft beer was properly associated to microbrew (n), while gastropub was defined as, "a pub, bar, or tavern that also offers meals of high quality."
Other words that are favorites on the list? Man cave, defined as, "a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities." See also: Sports bar.