The dictionary. Kind of an outdated concept, but still useful even today. I mean, new words are invented all the time. Webster even adopts new words every year.

To be honest, I’m not sure who still reads the dictionary. Back in my day, it was like a punishment to have to read the dictionary and that was before Google or the Internet. Y’all remember Encyclopedias?! Yes, I am telling my age, but hey… that’s what we had.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the official dictionary, has added new words in their dictionary. I mean, this is a big deal! 👍 Some of the new words are “swole,” “buzzy,” “EGOT,” and new definitions for words like, “peak.” Article here.

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Merriam-Webster is always expanding the vocabulary in their dictionary. This year, it includes words from pop culture, science, and other places in order to keep it on par with the changing world.

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Words like “stan” meaning a devoted fan, “peak” meaning being at the height of popularity, use, or attention, and “EGOT” meaning a person that has received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony award for their contribution to the arts, according to CBS News.

According to CBS News, not all of the newly added words are new. Some old words are getting new definitions b/c they are used in a totally different way than before. Words such as “snowflake” someone treated as unique or special, but used to refer to a particle of snow, and “Purple” meaning a place where voters are divided equally between Democrats and Republicans, but used to only be a mixture between the two primary colors, red and blue.

“Gender” has also been revised to include “gender non-conforming” meaning someone who exhibits ‘behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits that do not align with the traits of their birth gender, according to CBS News.

Scientific words added were “Qubit” and “Bioabsorbable.” 

“The process of adding words includes some two dozen lexicographers, who have it tough trying to cut down the words that make it into the book. Many people use the website and they want to make it as useful as possible,” said Peter Sokolowski. 

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According to CBS News, “The team scans online editions of newspapers, academic journals, books and other forms of media until they are able to discern ‘a critical mass’ of usage that calls for the terms to be entered into the dictionary. First, the words are added to the online dictionary, then some are added to print updates of the company’s popular Collegiate Dictionary.”

Last fall, the dictionary added more than 840 new words including abbreviations for “marg,” “fave,” and “bougie.”

Word of Advice

download (1)There is no Rant in my Spirit for newly added words. 

I really like that they are trying to keep up with the ever-changing vernacular and are open to being as up-to-date as possible. That’s important if you want to stay relevant. 

Using words that millennials use in order to stay relevant means that you have your ear to the “streets” and have some age diversity on your team or… you’re on Twitter a lot. Either way, it’s working and there’s nothing wrong with that! 

Personally, I love to increase my vocabulary. It’s helpful in Words With Friends and WordFeud. One day, I will win against my mom more than one time in a row! 🙃😂

Anyway, I applaud them. It can’t be easy choosing to expand on a book that has all the words “ever” used in the English language. I know it couldn’t be me tho! 🤷🏾‍♀️