Poutine, pho, pepita are this year's new dictionary words
Take a bow, Canada.
The sinful, calorie-rich concoction we call poutine slid its way into Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the company's free online database along with 149 other words Monday.
M-W defines poutine as "a dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds," and says 1982 is the earliest year its editors could find it being used.
Social media-generated words such as selfie, hashtag, unfriend and tweep also made it into the dictionary.
“So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihoods,” says Merriam-Webster's editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski, in a press release.
Other food-related words include Turducken ("a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey"), Vietnames pho soup, freeganan ("an activist who scavenges for free food - as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants - as a means of reducing consumption of resources"), and pepita ("the edible seed of a pumpkin or squash often dried or toasted").