“Plant-Based” and “Oat Milk” Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary
A major US dictionary has announced the 370 new words it has added for September – and they include ‘herbal’ and ‘oat milk’.
Merriam-Webster, which has been controlling the language for about 194 years and adding new words every few months, has also added the term “greenwashing” to its digital pages.
In order to find words to add to the dictionary, its editors monitor social media, as well as more traditional media, including websites and national newspapers.
A word will be considered if it is widely used and if its meaning is accepted by the people who use it.
As a result, words added to dictionaries are often seen as reflecting the cultural zeitgeist and general conversation.
Merriam-Webster’s inclusion of vegan and environmentally-centric terms therefore suggests their growing cultural importance.
According for Merriam-Webster, plant-based means: “made or derived from plants 2: composed mainly or entirely of foods (such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, oils and beans) derived from plants.
Meanwhile, oat milk is defined as: “a liquid made from ground oats and water that is usually fortified (such as with calcium and vitamins) and used as a milk substitute.”
His definition of greenwashing is: “1: to make (something, such as a product, policy or practice) appear more environmentally friendly or less environmentally damaging than it actually is.
“2: deceive (someone) through greenwashing greenwash name : something (like a claim or action) that purports to make a product, policy, activity, etc. appear. as more environmentally friendly or less damaging to the environment than it actually is.
According to Merriam-Webster, a word must meet several criteria to be included in the dictionary.
This said“A word enters a dictionary when it is used by several people who agree that it means the same thing.
“If your little nephew has come up with a big word that the English language just can’t live without, don’t write to us recommending that it be added to the dictionary. Use it.
“First you drop the word into your conversation and writing, then others pick it up; the more its use becomes widespread, the more it will be noticed by dictionary editors or lexicographers.
“If your nephew’s word is the one English speakers decide we need, it has a good chance of making it into the dictionary.”
A few other words added this month include hoglet (denoting a baby hedgehog), sidehustle, and metaverse.
While Merriam-Webster has only just officially recognized oat milk, the delicious beverage has been around for quite some time. But how does it compare to other plant-based dairy alternatives? Check out our guide on how to choose the best vegan milk to use in different recipes
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