Word 'dubstep' added to American dictionary

'Auto-Tune' is another new addition to the 'Merriam Webster Dictionary'

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The word 'dubstep' has been approved for addition to America's Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

The term, describing a form of dance music made popular by artists including Skrillex (pictured above) and Skream (pictured right), will appear in this year's installment of the publisher's collegiate dictionary. It's one of 150 recent terms including 'auto-tune', 'crowdfunding' and 'fangirl', reports Time.

The dictionary defines the terms as follows:

"dubstep (n., 2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns"

"Auto-Tune (v., 2003): to adjust or alter (a recording of a voice) with Auto-Tune software or other audio-editing software esp. to correct sung notes that are out of tune"

"crowdfunding (n., 2006): the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people esp. from the online community"

'Dubstep' was added to the Chambers Dictionary in the UK in 2011, while last year's new entries to the Oxford English Dictionary included 'twerking'.

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