Daddy bod FTW, amirite? Dictionary adds hundreds of new words.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Dad bod, amirite, TBH and FTW are now adapted to the dictionary.
Merriam-Webster has added 455 new words to its venerable dictionary, including a number of abbreviations and slang terms that have become ubiquitous on social media.
“Just as language keeps changing, so does the dictionary keep growing,” the nearly 200-year-old Springfield, Massachusetts-based company said on its website. “New terms and new uses of existing terms are the constant of a living language.”
The dictionary company said the fast and informal nature of messaging, texting and tweeting, which has only increased during the pandemic, has “contributed to a newly rich vocabulary of effective and abbreviated expression”.
Among them: “TBH”, an abbreviation for “to be honest” and “FTW”, an abbreviation for “for victory”.
Merriam-Webster explains that FTW is used “particularly to express approval or support. In social media, FTW is often used to recognize a clever or funny answer to a question or meme.
And he says “amirite” is a quick way to write “am I right”, as in “English spelling is constantly inconsistent, amirite?”
The coronavirus pandemic also looms large in the collection of new entrants, as ‘superspreader’, ‘long COVID’ and ‘vaccine passport’ feature on the list.
Partisan politics brought more slang to the lexicon, such as “whataboutism”, which Merriam-Webster defines as “the act or practice of responding to an accusation of wrongdoing by asserting that an offense committed by another is similar or worse”. For the British, the dictionary notes that “whataboutery” is more commonly used.
The dreaded “vote-a-ramas” that have become a staple of the US Congress can be explained as follows: “an unusually large number of debates and votes that occur in a single day on a single piece of legislation to which an unlimited number of amendments can be presented, debated and voted on.
And still other new terms come from the culinary world, such as “fluffernutter”, the intimate sandwich of peanut butter, marshmallow creme and white bread.
Horchata, the sweet cold drink made with ground rice or almonds and usually flavored with cinnamon or vanilla, also made the cut, as did chicharron, the popular snack of fried pork belly or pork skin. .
As for “daddy bod”? The dictionary defines this as “a physique considered typical of an average father; especially: one who is slightly overweight and not extremely muscular.