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You may have noticed that the dictionary is expanding. Every year, new words are added, broadening the ways in which we are formally allowed to talk about everything. As of late, technology has been a focal point for language development. Instead of using slang words (or guessing as to the appropriate term) there are a variety of words you can now officially use in your papers.

Dark web
If you're only using the Internet to research or browse social media, you may not have come across the term "dark web." However, the term may come up in a variety of classes or contexts, from Criminal Justice to Computer Science. It refers to, as puts it, "the portion of the Internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, uses masked IP addresses, and is accessible only with a special web browser." It is not synonymous with "deep web," but instead is a portion of it, says

Those of you on Twitter may be familiar with this term, defined by as "to publish the private personal information of (another person) without the consent of that individual."

Frequent tactics include posting home addresses, phone numbers, and/or license plates. From exposing individuals in response to his or her anonymous Internet activity to threatening or harassing people in the public eye, doxing has made headlines in recent months. The practice is criticized by some and applauded by others, remaining very controversial.

Black hat
Referring to "a hacker who violates the security of a system for personal profit or for the gratification of causing damage," says, this term is also used to describe sketchy SEO practices on the Internet.

Think of black hat as a sort of all-encompassing term for shady things done for personal gain online.

While this word isn't new, its definition might be. In a technological context, says gesture refers to "a particular movement of the fingers or hand over a screen, used to control or interact with a digital device."

In web design communities, this term is thrown around quite often. You would perform a gesture to access a new screen on a mobile device, for example.

Haptics refers to "the study or use of tactile sensations and the sense of touch as a method of interacting with computers and electronic devices," according to This term is particularly interesting given the growing relationship to and with technology.

Smartwatch defines this piece of wearable tech it as "a computing device that resembles a wristwatch and is attached to a band worn around the wrist." Sure, it isn't a complicated definition, but it is certainly one that will soon be in the daily language of people living in the United States.

Language is ever-changing, so it is no surprise that technology has found its way into the dictionary. Before including a word in a paper for class, it may be best to look up that word to see if it has become a proper term - what you find out might surprise you!

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