Merriam-Webster adds Fluffernutter to dictionary
“There’s no advocacy,” he added, and one-word motto isn’t necessarily a function of novelty. “We are watching to see, is the use of this word increasing or decreasing? If the word grows – even gradually, even slowly, like fluffernutter – then it belongs in the dictionary.
He added: “Every word has its own rhythm.”
“Evidence of first use” of the fluffernutter was published in The Daily Freeman newspaper in Kingston, NY, on November 20, 1961, Mr Sokolowski said. But over the years the word remained mostly spoken and rarely printed, so it lacked the criteria for inclusion in the dictionary.
In 2006, a political kerfuffle began to change that. A Massachusetts state senator, unhappy that his son wants Fluff after eating a fluffernutter at school, has sought to limit the number of times a school can serve the sandwiches each week, as part of a project legislation to improve nutrition. (The New York Times reported at the time that fluffernutters met the Son’s School District nutritional guidelines; Fluff contains less sugar per serving — six grams per two tablespoons — than many jellies.)
In response, Ms. Reinstein introduced legislation to make the fluffernutter the sandwich of the state. She remembers the cries of voters: “Fight for Fluff! Fight for Fluff!
The senator’s and Ms. Reinstein’s efforts languished, but Mr. Sokolowski said the resulting national media coverage helped put the word on a trajectory to eventually make it into the dictionary. Merriam-Webster chose “fluffernutter” — a word, in lowercase — because publications have primarily framed the term that way, although the entry offers an uppercase variant, Mr. Sokolowski said.
“It’s very cool, no doubt about it,” said Mr Durkee, whose company makes Marshmallow Fluff. “We had been out walking the dog and I saw a number of neighbors and friends out for a walk. And they’re all like, ‘Hey, we saw the dictionary info!’ »