January 16, 2022

Merriam-Webster Adds 850 New Words and Definitions to Online Version of Dictionary (Merriam-Webster.com)

From Merriam-Webster.com:

A big batch of new words and new definitions for existing words has just been added to our dictionary at Merriam-Webster.com: 850 terms that come from a cross-section of our linguistic culture.

Here’s are two paragraphs from the MW blog post that includes a few new entries.

Everyday terms that have seen increasing use include life hack and hate-watchBandwidth is now often used figuratively to mean “emotional or mental capacity.” Our online lives have given us embiggen and subtweet. Even more colorful language is on display with dumpster fire, used to mean “disaster,” and mansplain, a word that dates back only to 2008 but has quickly shown its utility.

Finally, we see the inclusion of an increasing number of interjections and respellings, in part because communication via electronic text increasingly uses approximations of speech, including hmmoohmm-hmm, and, welp, welp. Which just goes to show that the dictionary can still be useful for providing meanings even when you’re speechless.

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See Also: Merriam-Webster Adds Made-Up Word From ’The Simpsons’ to its Dictionary (via Daily Dot)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.