Alongside 14,000 terms and phrases, Bitcoin has been added to the Merriam-Webster Unabridged. The company has also revised, updated and enhanced hundreds of entries. Many of the words added to Unabridged have been used in popular culture for much longer than Bitcoin.
That Bitcoin has been chosen, and so quickly after its advent, speaks to the way in which the cryptocurrency has penetrated far reaches of our collective mind. Other terms, like ‘hella’ and “wacky tobacky” have been around much longer than “Bitcoin,” for instance.
The cryptocurrency appears alongside words like athleisure (“casual clothing designed for athletics and general use”), fit and flare (“fitted through the waist and flaring out at or below the hips”), nomophobia (“fear of being without access to a working cell phone”), dox (“to publicly identify or public-private information about someone especially as a form of revenge”) and many others.
There have been some criticisms of the definition, such as that Merriam-Webster does not distinguish between “Bitcoin” and “bitcoin.” In the online creation community around the cryptocurrency, oftentimes people