DICTIONARY.COM ADDS OVER 4,000 NEW, UPDATED AND REVISED WORDS TO THE WORLD’S FIRST ENGLISH LANGUAGE CATALOG
New dictionary terms and meanings reflect how current cultural trends continue to influence the English language, ranging from antiwork, 45 and Zelenskyy to pawternity leave and bachelorx party
OAKLAND, CA., October 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dictionary.comthe leading online and mobile educational resource in English, today announced 620 new entries, 700 new definitions for existing entries and 3,100 revised definitions, as the dictionary adapts to the ever-changing English language.
Some of the themes and keywords in his update include work culture (anti-work, Paternity leave), pop culture and slang (simp)very online (brigadier), sports (Ohtani Rule), climate (decarbonize), politics and economics (Zelensky and 45), gender and relationships (bachelor party and pronoun), the police (boil), legacy of the pandemic (air hug), and a wide range of other assorted updates, many of which are sure to delight word lovers (pogonophile).
Entries involving Ukrainian place names have been added and updated to prioritize Ukrainian spellings or pronunciations (rather than Russian versions which have traditionally been recorded). As part of these updates, Dictionary.com’s team of lexicographers consulted experts in the Slavic language. Examples include: Chernobyl, Dniproand Kharkovamong more than 40 others.
Other key changes include the addition of names that indigenous peoples use for themselves (as opposed to names applied to them by others, many of which persist outside today). Several entries have also been revised to show the endonym as the main spelling and pronunciation. Examples include Mi’kmaq, Ojibwayand Chamoro. In some cases, multiple names are used by members of a community, which is reflected in the language notes for newly added terms.
In its ongoing efforts to address the complexity of usage, history, and associations for many of its newly added and updated words, Dictionary.com provides additional context, particularly for terms that relate to or come from marginalized or minority groups. In his article, “From speech to dictionary: New words for fall 2022“, the dictionary editors provide essential explanations for updates such as: flat, lavender ceiling, ghost folder, simp, stimulatingand the verb atamong others.
“The words we add to the dictionary are driven by real people using real words in the real world,” said John Kelly, Senior Editorial Director at Dictionary.com. “At Dictionary.com, we strive not only to document words, but to capture them in the context of their complexity, their creativity, their humanity – in the realities of an ever-changing language in a changing culture. fast.”
The most recent list of terms from Dictionary.com is available at https://www.dictionary.com/e/new-dictionary-words-fall-2022/.
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