Word nerds, rejoice!
On Tuesday, Merriam-Webster announced that it added over 1,000 new words and definitions to their dictionary. The company’s latest entries include humblebrag, throw shade and face-palm, among others.
In a statement, Lisa Schneider – the dictionary’s chief digital officer and publisher – says: “This is a significant addition to our online dictionary, reflecting the breadth of English vocabulary and the speed with which we seek information.” In its latest – and largest-ever update – Merriam-Webster is including tech and sports terms, slang phrases, as well as political and food vocabulary.
Peter Sokolowski – the company’s editor-at-large adds: “Online is a much faster medium than print, and we’re now able to adapt and add these entries in a way that makes sense. Why should we hold back?” Some of the new words stem from common practices related to smartphone use and streaming, such as binge-watch, ghosting, NSFW, and photobomb.
And when it comes to politics, the company adds truther (“one who believes that the truth about an important subject or event is being concealed from the public by a powerful conspiracy”), town hall (“an event at which a public official or political candidate addresses an audience by answering questions posed by individual members”) and FLOTUS (an acronym for the first lady of the United States). For more examples, check out Merriam-Webster’s website here.