Get ready to step up your vocabulary as editors from the Merriam-Webster dictionary have added a staggering 840 new words and terms to its current 470,000-word collection.
It’s important to note that new words are often initiated by specialists or subcultures before gradually expanding to the rest of us and stepping into our ever-expanding language.
The American institution has selected many that didn’t exist a couple of decades ago, while a majority are derived from today’s quick-changing Internet-speak. “Force quit,” the Twitter-specific “subtweet,” or “case-sensitive” for password entries are specific to the tech world, while culinary terms that have actually been around for a while were finally added – i.e., “dark chocolate,” “mocktail,” “guac” and “avo” (for avocado).
The trend to use abbreviated forms in casual speech and writing appears bigger than ever with “marg” (short for margarita), “fav” and “adorbs.”
For many readers, the new words will seem very familiar while for others will not. Below is a list of new entries that you can use in your next meeting! And if you’d like to test your knowledge of new jargon before reading them, you can do that here, using an optional question timer if you wish.
Adorbs: “Extremely charming or appealing: adorable.”
Bandwidth: The emotional or mental capacity necessary to do or consider something.
Bingeable: “Having multiple episodes or parts that can be watched in rapid succession.”
Bougie: Short for bourgeois, this term means “marked by a concern for wealth, possessions and respectability.”
Dumpster fire: An utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence.
Fave: Favorite. This word is older than it looks: It dates back to 1938. (“Lester Harding, heavy fave here, clicks with pop songs,” was the first usage, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.)
Hangry: Irritable or angry because of hunger. People have been hangry (or at least using the word) since 1956.
Haptics: The use of electronically or mechanically generated movement that a user experiences through the sense of touch as part of an inteface (such as on a gaming console or smartphone).
Marg: A margarita. According to Merriam-Webster, the first known usage occurred in 1990.
Rando: According to Merriam-Webster, this “often disparaging” slang means “a random person: a person who is not known or recognizable or whose appearance (as in a conversation or narrative) seems unprompted or unwelcome.”
TL;DR: “Too long; didn’t read” — used to say that something would require too much time to read.”
Zoodle: A long, thin strip of zucchini that resembles a string or narrow ribbon of pasta.