‘Mansplain,’ ‘Dumpster Fire’ and ‘Cryptocurrency’ Among 850 New Words Added to Dictionary
Mansplain: to explain something to a woman in a condescending way that assumes she has no knowledge about the topic.
That’s just one of 850 new words and definitions Merriam-Webster has added to its dictionary. Joining it are “dumpster fire,” “cryptocurrency,” “glamping” and “chiweenie,” among many others.
“In order for a word to be added to the dictionary it must have widespread, sustained, and meaningful use,” said Emily Brewster, associate editor at Merriam-Webster. “These new words have been added to the dictionary because they have become established members of the English language, and are terms people are likely to encounter.”
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“The one constant of a vibrant living language is change, and English has never been more alive than it is today,” added Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster. “In this age of fast communication, and technological and scientific advances, we continuously encounter new ways of describing the world around us–and the dictionary is a record of these changes.”
See a larger selection of new words and their definitions here.
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Source: The Wrap