Did You Know?: Barack And Michelle Obama Have Gotten “Fist Bump” Officially Added To The Dictionary!

- By Bossip Staff

This is kinda cool…

Another noteworthy newcomer: “fist bump,” which Merriam-Webster President and Publisher John Morse says he considers “the star of the group” for its ability to succinctly capture the movement and emotion of that simple act of solidarity.

Two people can take special credit for the elevation of “fist bump” into the dictionary: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, whose knuckle-knocking gesture of affection when he accepted the 2008 nomination was described by The Washington Post as “the fist bump heard ‘round the world.”

The act of bumping the front of a closed fist against that of another person has been common for years in sports. Some media outlets have also speculated it might have grown as a way to avoid handshakes and germs, or as a hip alternative to the high-five.

When the presidential candidate in a major American political party does a fist bump with his wife on worldwide television, there’s no question that the term has earned its place in the dictionary, Morse said.

“Everything else on the (new words) list can be somewhat tied into a theme, whether it’s technology or social change or sports. But fist bump is just pure American culture expressing itself in its own vocabulary,” Morse said.

Make sure that you, your friends, and family are all registered to vote for the 2012 election so that we can watch the Obama’s fist bump for another four years!!

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