Do you know what a "mouse potato" is? - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Do you know what a "mouse potato" is?

Do you know what a "mouse potato" is?
By: Heartland News

Do you know what it means to "google" someone? Surely those "mouse potatoes" out there do, but what's with these crazy words?

They're just a few of the words and phrases just added to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. So just what is a mouse potato? Think couch potato -- only on the computer. Merriam-Webster lists the official definition as someone who spends a great deal of time on the computer...

What could you call your bad boss? The dictionary suggests the phrase empty suit.

Approximately 100 words were added to the reference volume, and a spokesman for the dictionary says a word has to be more than just a fad to make the cut... it must have staying power! The newest edition with all the new words should be available later this summer, but here's a sneak peek.

Mouse potato - someone who spends a great deal of time on the computer
Ringtone - the sound made by a cell phone to signal an incoming call
Spyware - software that is installed in a computer without the user's knowledge and transmits information about the user's computer activities over the internet
Avian Influenza - a highly variable mild to fulminant influenza of birds that is caused by strains of the influenza A virus which may mutate and be transmitted to other vertebrates -- also called bird flu
Biodiesel - a fuel that is similar to diesel fuel and is derived from usually vegetable sources
Gastric Bypass - surgical bypass operation that typically involves reducing the size of the stomach and reconnecting the smaller stomach to bypass the first portion of the small intestine so as to restrict food intake and reduce caloric absorption in cases of severe obesity
Soul patch - a small growth of beard under a man's lower lip
Supersize - to increase considerably in size
Labelmate - a singer or musician who records for the same company as another
Wave Pool - a large swimming pool equipped with a machine for producing waves
Drama Queen - a person given to often excessively emotional performances or reactions
Unibrow - a single continuous brow resulting from the growing together of eyebrows
Manga - Japanese comic book or graphic novel
Gigong - an ancient Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises
Big-box - of, relating to, or being a large chain store having a boxlike structure
Agritourism - of, relating to, or being a large chain store having a boxlike structure
Aquascape - a scenic view of a body of water; an area having a natural or constructed aquatic feature (as a pond or fountain)
Coqui - a small chiefly nocturnal arboreal frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) native to Puerto Rico that has a high-pitched call and has been introduced into Hawaii and southern Florida
Polyamory - the state or practice of having more than one open romantic relationship at a time
Sandwich Generation - a generation of people who are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • 2 injured in two-vehicle crash on I-24 in Massac County, IL

    2 injured in two-vehicle crash on I-24 in Massac County, IL

    Saturday, August 18 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-08-19 02:54:05 GMT
    Two injured in a crash on I-24. (Source: Raycom Media)Two injured in a crash on I-24. (Source: Raycom Media)
    Two injured in a crash on I-24. (Source: Raycom Media)Two injured in a crash on I-24. (Source: Raycom Media)
    A two-vehicle crash sent two to the hospital on Aug. 18. According to ISP, Paul Price, 46, was driving on I-24 when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median eventually hitting a semi truck driven by Courtney Baxter, 43. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Price and his passenger Thomas Griffey, 38, were taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Baxter refuse treatment at the scene. Price was charged with Too Fast For Condi...
    A two-vehicle crash sent two to the hospital on Aug. 18. According to ISP, Paul Price, 46, was driving on I-24 when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median eventually hitting a semi truck driven by Courtney Baxter, 43. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Price and his passenger Thomas Griffey, 38, were taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Baxter refuse treatment at the scene. Price was charged with Too Fast For Condi...
  • All lane back open after crash on Highway B in Perry County, MO

    All lane back open after crash on Highway B in Perry County, MO

    Saturday, August 18 2018 10:22 PM EDT2018-08-19 02:22:58 GMT
    A crash has blocked both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, Mo. (Source: Raycom Media)A crash has blocked both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, Mo. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Traffic has been blocked after a crash in Perry County, Mo. on Aug. 18. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android According to Perry County, MO Sheriff's Department, a crash has blocked both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, Mo. We will continue to update this story. Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved

    Traffic has been blocked after a crash in Perry County, Mo. on Aug. 18. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android According to Perry County, MO Sheriff's Department, a crash has blocked both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, Mo. We will continue to update this story. Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved

  • Union County Fair celebrates 138 years

    Union County Fair celebrates 138 years

    Saturday, August 18 2018 10:11 PM EDT2018-08-19 02:11:17 GMT
    Union County Fair celebrates 138 years. (Source: KFVS)Union County Fair celebrates 138 years. (Source: KFVS)
    Union County Fair celebrates 138 years. (Source: KFVS)Union County Fair celebrates 138 years. (Source: KFVS)
    This year marks the 138th anniversary of the Union County Fair. The fair is host to many events for the week. The Queen Pageant is Aug. 19, with the concerts, a rodeo and even the demolition derby.  Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Some of the attendees share their experiences.  "It's just tradition. I grew up as a kid in this town and I've never missed the county fair. I've never missed one ever I don't guess," said Mike Meisenh...
    This year marks the 138th anniversary of the Union County Fair. The fair is host to many events for the week. The Queen Pageant is Aug. 19, with the concerts, a rodeo and even the demolition derby.  Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Some of the attendees share their experiences.  "It's just tradition. I grew up as a kid in this town and I've never missed the county fair. I've never missed one ever I don't guess," said Mike Meisenh...
Powered by Frankly