Big things are happening to the the English language! Merriam-Webster just added 1,000 new words to the dictionary, making sayings like “binge-watch,” “photobomb,” and “humblebrag” legit words. As long as the English language continues to grow (for better or for worse), so will the dictionary.
It may seem like the newest slang words are getting the most attention (because they’re the most fun to talk about), but many other terms have also been added.
More than 1,000 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,” according to Merriam-Webster.
Merriam-Webster took to Twitter to make the big announcement:
We just added more than 1,000 new words to the dictionary! https://t.co/NhvqlXkHaP— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) February 7, 2017
The ever-growing dictionary followed up the announcement with a bunch of subsequent tweets listing some of the new words.
Like, “ghost” is now a verb (but you already knew that, duh).
And “snollygoster” has just been added back in to the dictionary — which is perfect timing for the current political situation happening in our country.
Speaking of the current political situation, “shade” has also been added to the dictionary.
“Amour fou,” because Valentine’s Day.
We’re not sure why “prosopagnosia” wasn’t already in the dictionary, but it has finally been added.
“Face-palm” has been added as both a verb and a noun.
So if we’ve learned anything from all of the new word additions, it’s that Merriam-Webster is super in touch with young culture. And as it turns out, reading the dictionary might not be such a boring activity to do after all.