Merriam-Webster Adds 850 New Words To Their Dictionary

Bradford Hornsby
March 07, 2018 - 11:46 am

The Merriam-Webster dictionary has announced the addition of 850 new words to their dictionary.

The new words range from dumpster fire and mansplain to Antifa and tzatziki.

Here are some of the highlights:

wordie: a word lover
demonym: a person who comes from a specific place, like Hoosier or Parisian 
wanderworts: words that come from other places
harissa: a spicy North African paste made with chilies
tzatziki: a Greek yogurt sauce made with cucumbers and garlic
kabocha: a kind of Japanese pumpkin
kombucha: a fermented and effervescent tea drink
blockchain: keeping records of financial transactions in a digital database as part of a publicly accessible network technology
unicorn: a start-up that is valued at one billion dollars or more
glamping: a combination of glamorous and camping
Silver Alert: like an Amber Alert, informs the public when an elderly person goes missing
Antifa: an abbreviated combination of "anti-fascist."
dumpster fire: used to mean "disaster"
hate-watch: to watch and take pleasure in laughing at or criticizing (a disliked television show, movie, etc.)
bandwidth: used figuratively to mean "emotional or mental capacity" 
mansplain: to explain something to a woman in a condescending way that assumes she has no knowledge about the topic
welp: used informally like well (as to introduce a remark expressing resignation or disappointment)
embiggen: to make bigger or more expansive
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

See the full list at merriam-webster.com.