“Craft beer” now in the dictionary

Whether or not you agree that “craft beer” is really the right term, it has been used enough in print that it has been added to the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

craft beer n (1986): a specialty beer produced in limited quantities: MICROBREW

That definition seems a little spare, especially considering all of the nuance found in beer and all the joy it has brought to the world. And, of course, a lot of people still define it by what it’s not.

Other words and definitions that were added this year that may (or may not) have some significance to me are:

  • gastropub
  • man cave
  • f-bomb
  • underwater (as in a mortgage)
  • sexting
  • brain cramp

Top 25 newcomers to Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary

(via Brookston Beer Bulletin)