850 Words Were Just Added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

So what new words were added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary?

  • 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, and that relies on cryptographyto prevent counterfeiting and fraudulent transactions.
  • Initial coin offering: the first sale of a cryptocurrency to the public conducted for the purpose of raising funds (as to support a start-up).
  • Kombucha: a gelatinous mass of symbiotic bacteria (as Acetobacter xylinum) and yeasts (as of the genera Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces) grown to produce a fermented beverage held to confer health benefits.
  • Self-care: care for oneself — stroke victims capable of daily self-care — the necessity of busy working parents to take time for self-care ; specifically : health care provided by oneself often without the consultation of a medical professional.
  • Wordie: a lover of words.
  • Dumpster fire: an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence.
  • Glamping: outdoor camping with amenities and comforts (such as beds, electricity, and access to indoor plumbing) not usually used when camping.
  • Mansplain: to explain something to a woman in a condescending way that assumes she has no knowledge about the topic.
  • Life hack: a usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently.
  • Hate-watch: to watch and take pleasure in laughing at or criticizing (a disliked television show, movie, etc.).
  • Neoadjuvant:: of, relating to, or being treatment (such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy) administered before primary cancer treatment (such as surgery) to enhance the outcome of primary treatment.
  • Subtweet: a usually mocking or critical tweet that alludes to another Twitter user without including a link to the user’s account and often without directly mentioning the user’s name.
  • Embiggen: to make bigger or more expansive.
  • Silver Alert: a widely publicized bulletin that alerts the public when an elderly person or a person with a cognitive disability goes missing.
  • Harissa: a spicy North African paste made from dried chilies, salt, oil, and other seasonings.
  • Kabocha: a winter squash (Curcubita maxima) of Japanese origin that is round with somewhat flattened top and bottom, typically dark green skin usually streaked or mottled with pale green, and yellowish-orange sweet flesh.
  • Tzatziki: a Greek yogurt sauce made with cucumbers and garlic.
  • Hmm: used to express the action or process of thinking.
  • Ooh: used to express amazement, joy, or surprise.
  • Mm-hmm: used to indicate agreement, satisfaction, or encouragement to continue speaking.
  • Welp: used informally like well (as to introduce a remark expressing resignation or disappointment).
  • Chiweenie: a dog that is a cross between a Chihuahua and a dachshund.



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