Merriam-Webster Adds Hundreds Of Words To Its Dictionary

Merriam-Webster has added about seven-hundred new words to its dictionary. If you're on your phone, you might want to avoid getting a "smishing" message. "Smishing" is defined as the practice of sending texts to someone in order to trick them. Or, you may have logged onto social media and fell into a "thirst trap," which is a selfie or another photo shared for the purpose of getting attention. If you feel the need to leave a comment, you could say "NGL", which is an abbreviation for "not gonna lie." Also making the cut this time around are words like "beast mode" and "bracketology." And, those are just some of the 690 news words added this week to the dictionary.

Here’s a list of some of the terms added:

  • Doggo
  • Rizz, a slang term meaning “romantic appeal or charm”
  • Padawan, a word borrowed from the “Star Wars” universe to describe a younger, inexperienced person
  • Simp
  • Bussin’, an slang adjective meaning “extremely good”
  • Mid
  • Nerf, a verb often used by gamers, meaning “to reduce the effectiveness of”
  • Rage Quit
  • Thirst Trap

Source: The Hill

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