Congrats! Gastropub, Craft Beer Added to Dictionary
on 18/08/12 at 1:14 pmBooze News
Every year, Merriam-Webster updates its Collegiate Dictionary — you know, that big book of words you referenced every once in a great while, in the era before Google — with words that, for better or worse, have become part of our lexicon. According to the Associated Press, Merriam-Webster adds about 100 such words to its dictionary annually, “gathering evidence of usage over several years in everything from media to the labels of beer bottles and boxes of frozen food.” Evidence of usage for the 2012 update apparently included catchphrases popularized by Oprah (her “aha moment” is now in the dictionary) and “words elevated by foodies” like “gastropub.” “Elevated” being a relative term, of course.
And so, we now officially have “gastropub” as a bona fide word meaning “a pub, bar, or tavern that offers meals of high quality.” With all the gastropubs rolling out across the city, though, the word may connotes more than it denotes, thus leading you to refer to the definition of “oversaturate.”