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Merriam-Webster Adds Turducken, Pho, and Poutine

Poutine, now in the dictionary.
Poutine, now in the dictionary.
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Over 150 new words have been added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary this year and amongst terms like "selfie" and "hashtag" are a few that are food driven. According to a press release, the Vietnamese soup Pho ("a soup made of beef or chicken broth and rice noodles") and Canadian classic Poutine ("a dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds") have made the cut. Surprisingly, so has turducken, the portmanteu for "boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey." Also now found in the dictionary is freegan, which is defined as "an activist who scavenges for free food (as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants) as a means of reducing consumption of resources." Food words that that you can't find in the dictionary (yet): Flatizza, uni, Cronut, and Donkey Sauce.

· A Sample of New Dictionary Words for 2014 [Merriam-Webster]
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