The legendary dictionary is expanding further into the 21st century.
The English language is one of the most complex and multifaceted vocabularies around, and is constantly updating itself with new words to describe modern phenomena. This means that dictionaries must continue to keep up with growing trends in the English vernacular in order to provide an all-encompassing text that is au courant.
Merriam-Webster, one of the leading English language dictionaries, has just introduced 850 new words into their expansive collection, covering a deluge of categories and expressions that have been making waves as of late. Some of these newest additions include ubiquitous terms such as cryptocurrency, sub-tweet, and a dark-chocolate (which has probably been recognized a little late.)
Here are some highlights of the 850 words that are gaining an official recognition, and you can peep the rest of the additions here.
Bandwidth: The emotional or mental capacity necessary to do or consider something.
Dumpster fire: An utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence.
Hate-watch: To watch and take pleasure in laughing at or criticizing (a disliked television show, movie, etc.).
Kombucha: A somewhat effervescent beverage prepared by fermenting kombucha with black or green tea and sugar.
Unicorn: A start-up that is valued at one billion dollars or more.
Yorkie-poo: A dog that is a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle and especially a miniature or toy poodle.