Dave Ross and Rachel Belle explain how “fluffernutter” got into the dictionary
Fluffernutter is now in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
But what exactly is a fluffernutter? It’s a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, of course.
While the word – and the sandwich – have been around for a while, it was added to the dictionary recently because the word has come back into fashion.
“We are watching to see if the use of this word is increasing or decreasing. If the word grows, even gradually, even slowly, like fluffernutter, it belongs in the dictionary,” said the editor of Merriam-Webster in Massachusetts.
KIRO Radio’s Rachel Belle wonders if it’s the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused more fluffernutter to appear, perhaps as people have turned to comfort food? But the world may never know the real reason.
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Other words added to the dictionary this year include: vaccine passport, super spreader, daddy bod, air fryer, ghost kitchen and fourth trimester. The word “because” also appeared, but with a different definition.
“You’d say something like, ‘Yeah, we couldn’t go on vacation this year because of COVID,'” Rachel shared.
“I’ve become a moron because of the internet,” Seattle’s Morning News host Dave Ross gave the example.
For all the word nerds who want to be annoyed, “amirite” has also made its way in.
“I’m so mad, Dave, I’m so mad,” Rachel said.
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