New Editions To The Dictionary

March 7, 2018

Merriam-Webster has announced 850 new definitions to its dictionary, and a lot of them feel overdue. I hope we are all using the online version and not still searching through a book...how acient.

For tech bros:

Wordie: "A lover of words."

Cryptocurrency: "Any form of currency that only exists digitally, that usually has no central issuing or regulating authority but instead uses a decentralized system to record transactions and manage the issuance of new units."

Blockchain: "A digital database containing information (such as records of financial transactions) that can be simultaneously used and shared within a large decentralized, publicly accessible network.”

Unicorn: "A start-up that is valued at one billion dollars or more."

Case-sensitive: "Requiring correct input of uppercase and lowercase letters." 

Bandwidth: "The emotional or mental capacity necessary to do or consider something."

For city-dwelling hipsters:

Glamping: "Outdoor camping with amenities and comforts (such as beds, electricity, and access to indoor plumbing) not usually used when camping."

Kombucha: "A somewhat effervescent beverage prepared by fermenting kombucha with black or green tea and sugar."

Yorkie-poo: "A dog that is a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle and especially a miniature or toy poodle.”

Self-care: "Care for oneself.”

Life-hack: "A usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently." 

For your outdated grandparents:

Dark-chocolate: "Chocolate that is dark in color and contains a high percentage cocoa and cocoa butter, usually no milk, and varying amounts of sugar."

Hate-watch: "To watch and take pleasure in laughing at or criticizing (a disliked television show, movie, etc.)."

Subtweet: "A usually mocking or critical tweet that alludes to another Twitter user without including a link to the user's account."

Welp: "Used informally like well (as to introduce a remark expressing resignation or disappointment)." Welp.

Dumpster fire: "An utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence."

Silver alert: "A widely publicized bulletin that alerts the public when an elderly person or a person with a cognitive disability goes missing."

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