“Mansplain” And “Glamping” Added To The Merriam-Websters Dictionary

The Merriam-Websters dictionary just got thicker and heavier. 850 new words have been added to its pages for 2018. “Self-care,” “life hack,” “dark chocolate,” and “tzatziki” are in, as well as terms like “glamping” (glamorous camping with plumbing), “mansplain,” “hmm,” “subtweet,” “welp” (a remark expressing resignation or disappointment), and “wordie” (a lover of words).

A few words needed updating, including “dumpster fire” (a disaster), “bandwidth” (referring to emotional or mental capacity) and “unicorn” (a startup valued at $1 billion or more). “Antifa” is also new, alongside “cryptocurrency,” “initial coin offering,” “blockchain,” and dog breeds like “chiweenie” (a cross between a Chihuahua and dachshund).

 

Do words ever get dropped, for lack of use or obsolescence? Well yes, apparently… Recently, researchers for the Collins Dictionary released a list of words, such as “charabanc” and “aerodrome”, that are used so rarely that they are considered obsolete, and will no longer be included in smaller print dictionaries.

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