New Words Added to Dictionary – February 2017

atkins bookshelf wordsRecently, the editors of the Merriam-Webster, based in Springfield, Massachusetts, announced that they had added 1,000 new words to their online unabridged dictionary. Of course some of the newly minted Trumpian words, like “loser,” “got schlonged,” or “alternative facts” have not been included in this round — stay tuned. The editors wrote: “Just as the English language constantly grows, so does the dictionary. More than one thousand new words have been added, including terms from recent advances in science, borrowings from foreign languages, and words from tech, medicine, pop culture, sports, and everything in between. This is a significant addition to our online dictionary, reflecting the breadth of English vocabulary and the speed with which we seek information. These new entries also highlight the old-fashioned skill of crafting useful and readable definitions that require the expertise and experience of our unique staff.” Here some of the new words added to the dictionary:

binge-watch: watching many or all episodes of a TV series

conlang: a portmanteau: constructed language

ghost (verb): to abruptly cut off all contact with someone by no longer accepting texts, instant messages, phone calls, or emails

net neutrality: the principle that Internet service provides should treat all Internet data as the same, regardless of its source, kind, or destination

photobomb: to move into the frame of a photo as it is being taken, as a joke

prosopagnosia: the inability to recognize faces

Seussian: of, relating to, or suggestive of the works of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

snollygoster: a shrewd, unprincipled person

throw shade: to publicly express contempt for someone by subtle or indirect criticisms

truther: a person who believes that the truth about an important event or subject is being hidden from the public by a powerful conspiracy

walk back: to reverse or distance oneself from a previously stated position or statement

Read related posts: How Many Words in the English Language?
Why Do Some Words Last and Others Fade?

Words with Letters in Alphabetical Order
What is the Longest Word in English?

For further reading: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/new-words-in-the-dictionary-feb-2017

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