As published in The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1996. (New words and definitions added to the dictionary in 1995, as provided to The World Almanac by editors of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition.)
  1. buzz cut
    a very short haircut in which the hair resembles the bristle surface of a brush
  2. cocooning
    the practice of spending leisure time at home in preference to going out
  3. commodify
    to turn (as a work of art) into a commodity
  4. cyberpunk
    (1) science fiction dealing with future urban societies dominated by computer technology (2) an opportunistic computer hacker
  5. cyberspace
    the online world of computer networks
  6. drive-by
    carried out from a moving vehicle
  7. ecotourism
    the practice of touring natural habitats in a manner that minimizes ecological impact
  8. fatwa
    a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader
  9. gangbanger
    a member of a street gang
  10. graphic novel
    a fictional story for adults that is presented in a comic-strip format and published as a trade book
  11. grunge
    (1) one that is grungy (2) a style of popular music mixing elements of rock and roll, punk rock, and heavy metal; also the unkempt working-class fashions typical of fans of grunge
  12. hate crime
    a crime that violates the victim's civil rights and that is motivated by hostility to the victim's race, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender
  13. hot button
    a controversial issue or concern that triggers immediate and intense reaction
  14. humvee
    a diesel-powered multipurpose U.S. military vehicle that replaced the jeep
  15. infomercial
    a television program that is an extended advertisement often including a discussion or demonstration
  16. infotainment
    a television program that presents information (as news) in a manner intended to be entertaining
  17. nanotechnology
    the art of manipulating materials at the atomic or molecular scale esp. to build microscopic devices (as robots)
  18. securitize
    to consolidate (as mortgage loans) and sell to other investors for resale to the public in the form of securities
  19. shareware
    software with usu. limited capability or incomplete documentation which is available for trial use at little or no cost but which can be upgraded upon payment of a fee to the author
  20. techno-thriller
    a thriller whose plot involves modern technology
  21. vogue
    to strike poses in campy imitation of fashion models
  22. wuss
    a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person