Merriam-Webster Adds “Cryptocurrency”, “Blockchain” and “ICO” to Their Dictionary


The Merriam-Webster dictionary, a reference for many English-speaking people around the world, has added 850 new words. They include “cryptocurrency”, “blockchain” and “Initial Coin Offering (ICO)”.

According to the dictionary, a cryptocurrency is:

“any form of currency that only exists digitally, that usually has no central issuing or regulating authority but instead uses a decentralized system to record transactions and manage the issuance of new units, and that relies on cryptography to prevent counterfeiting and fraudulent transactions.”

Their definition of Blockchain is the following:

“a digital database containing information (such as records of financial transactions) that can be simultaneously used and shared within a large decentralized, publicly accessible network;also the technology used to create such a database.”

While the way they defined ICOs goes like this:

“the first sale of a cryptocurrency to the public conducted for the purpose of raising funds (as to support a start-up).”

The dictionary also added words like “kombucha” and “life hack” and many others.


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