Today Merriam-Webster announced that 1,000 words are being added to the dictionary. Now some of these words were needed to reflect the lives we all live. For example, “urgent care” has been added which is relatively new and now where available a great alternative than going to the emergency room. Another great word added was ‘Seussian’ which is a word to relate other books to the theme and style of Dr. Suess works.
After ‘Seussian’ things start to trend downhill with great new words (sarcasm) like ‘ghost’, ‘photo bomb’, ‘bindge watch’, ‘face palm’, and ‘geek out’.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) February 7, 2017
USA Today gave a great list of nine other words added to the dictionary and here they are:
2. Humblebrag: When a person makes a modest or self-critical comment about themselves, that is really meant to draw attention to their accomplishments or impressive qualities, according to Merriam-Webster.
3. Snollygoster: Merriam-Webster points out that ‘snollygoster” is a favorite word of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
4. Throw shade: We’ve all seen this happen on social media. Merriam-Webster defines “throw shades” as the act of “[expressing] contempt or disrespect for someone publicly especially by subtle or indirect insults or criticisms.”
5. Microaggression: An often unintentional slight or comment against marginalized groups. Ex. Using “that’s so gay,” to refer to something.
6. Conlang: A constructed language like those used in Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings.
Merriam-Webster gets a little bit cheeky
7. Seussian: A Seussian is something that relates to “or [is] suggestive of the works of Dr. Seuss,” according to the dictionary.
8. Fast fashion: Clothes that are manufactured and sold cheaply to keep up with new clothing trends. Fast fashion encourages consumers to purchase cheap items, use them and get rid of them for newer items.
9. First World Problem: Complaining about your commute to work, or that your coffee was too hot at Starbuck’s? Yup, that’s a “first world problem.” Merriam-Webster defines “first world problem” as a “a usually minor or trivial problem or annoyance experienced by people in relatively affluent or privileged circumstances especially as contrasted with problems of greater social significance facing people in poor and underdeveloped parts of the world.”
10. Woo-woo: If you thought woo-woo had to do with dating, you’re wrong. Merriam-Webster defines woo-woo as “dubiously or outlandishly mystical, supernatural, or unscientific.”
Source: USA Today