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Selfie and unfriend in dictionary

Selfie and poutine - a French-Canadian snack - are among 150 words and phrases added to the latest edition of a dictionary in the US.

Many of the words and terms in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary relate to digital life and social media, such as spoiler alert, hashtag and tweep.

Others are food-driven, including the Vietnamese staple pho and turducken, a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey, and p outine - fries covered with gravy and cheese curds.

Merriam-Webster relies on a network of observers who track down word usage. Three or four senior editors then make the final selections.

E-waste made it into the update. So did e-freegan, one who scavenges for free food in store and restaurant rubbish bins as a way to reduce consumption of resources.

Also making it in to the dictionary were: steampunk, a literary genre with dress-up followers that combines 19th century Victorian or Edwardian societies with steam-powered technology; unfriend, which joins defriend; and hot spot, a place where Wi-Fi is available.

Other new words include crowdfunding, big data, baby bump, digital divide, fangirl and yooper - a native or long-time resident of Michigan's Lake Superior region known for a distinctive manner of speaking and its Scandinavian roots.

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