“Dad Bod”, “Super-Spreader”, among the new words added to the dictionary
Times are changing … Merriam-Webster has just added more than 450 words and phrases to its online dictionary. And the new words are grouped into several categories, including coronavirus, technology and science, politics, pop culture, food, and more.
They include “faux-hawk”, “air fryer”, “ghost kitchen”, “daddy bod”, “whataboutism”, “vaccine passport” and “TBH”. You probably know a lot of them, but I bet there are some that you probably don’t know.
It would be an insanely long list if we went through them all, so in an effort to save time, we’ll just highlight a few.
In the online culture and communication category, Internet slang words have been added, including abbreviations:
- TBH – to be honest
- FTW – For victory
New terms related to the coronavirus pandemic have been added, including:
- long COVID – a condition that is marked by the presence of symptoms that persist for an extended period after the initial recovery from the COVID-19 infection
- super-spreader – an event or place where a large number of people contract the same communicable disease
- vaccination passport – a physical or digital document attesting to the vaccination
Some new technological and scientific words that have been added include:
- copy-pasta – data that has been widely copied and disseminated online
- teraflop – a unit of measurement of the computing speed of a computer equal to one thousand billion. The “flop” part means “floating point operation”
- Oobleck – a mixture of corn starch and water which behaves like a liquid at rest and like a solid when pressure is exerted. Takes its name from a story by Dr. Suess, Batholomeou and the Oobleck
Many new terms related to food, food preparation and cooking have been added to the online dictionary, including:
- misty – a peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich
- ghost kitchen – a commercial cooking facility used for the preparation of food consumed outside the premises
- air fryer – a small electric appliance for the rapid cooking of food which uses convection currents
And a few more random words that were added:
- daddy body – a physique considered typical of an average father
- false hawk – a hairstyle resembling a Mohawk but with the sides gathered or slicked up or back instead of being shaved
- what’s new – when you answer a charge of wrongdoing by saying that an offense committed by another is similar or worse
For the full list of words added to their online dictionary, visit the Merriam-Webster website here. Familiarize yourself with them. That way, if someone comes into a conversation or shows up in a text message, you’ll be prepared.
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