New Dictionary.com entries include “zaddy”, “yeet” and “snack”
Trying to keep your zaddies straight from your silver foxes and simple snacks? Don’t know what all this means? Dictionary.com is here to help.
With its latest round of revisions – which last year included updated entries related to race, LGBTQ identity, and mental health issues – the online vocabulary resource adds several new slang terms, from asshat (“a stupid, boring, or contemptible person; asshole”) to shitshow (“a person or thing that is a total mess, failure or disaster”).
Ready to brush up on your baby lingo? Consider a snack – “a sexy and physically attractive person; hottie” – or, for a more mature and typically masculine crush, zaddy, “an attractive man who is also sleek, charming and assertive”. Exhibit A: Law and order: organized crime star Christopher Meloni, who recently posed in a crop for Interview magazine while thinking of his own zaddy-ness: “I’ve been called that many times, and who am I to argue with that? Of course, I’m a zaddy.”
This should not be confused with a silver fox, which Dictionary.com now describes as “an attractive elderly person with gray or silver hair, especially a man.” Think of George Clooney or Richard Gere.
If you make a date with one of these characters, you might blurt out a ye, or “an exclamation of enthusiasm, approval, triumph, pleasure, joy, etc.” Rejected? Oof – “an exclamation used to sympathize with someone else’s pain or dismay, or to express one’s own” – would be the key word.
While modern slang includes many entries, the new updates also include new sets and revised definitions for tech-related terms (5G, deplatform); COVID-19 (long-haul) and culture (DCI, cultural appropriation).
“The latest update to our dictionary continues to reflect the world around us,” John Kelly, editor-in-chief of Dictionary.com, said in a statement. “Our addition of long COVID, for example, shows the lasting impact of the pandemic; our addition of DCI and minorization reveals our continued struggle against racism and racial justice. 5G, content warning, domestic terrorism – it’s a complicated and difficult society we live in, and the language changes to help us deal with it. “
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