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This April, Merriam-Webster dictionary added 640 new words to its ing collection, most of which are slang. According to CBS News, the most widely used words and phrases are “buzzy” and “EGOT.” The Typical Student team learned what other words have been added to the dictionary.
WTH IS EGOT?
If you’re living under the rock, EGOT is a popular acronym for the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards. Meanwhile, the EGOT refers to a person who has been awarded all four honors. As for “buzzy,” it means “speculative” or “excited talk” or “attention.”
What Other Words Have Been Added?
Believe it or not, twenty years after the release of the legendary Eminem's track, the word "Stan" was finally added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. In 2017, "stan" had been added to the Oxford American Dictionary with a meaning of "an overzealous or obsessive fan." This year, Merriam-Webster finally added the word meaning "extremely devoted fan."
There are also old words that have been adjusted to keep up with their new usage. For instance, snowflake has almost dropped its innocent meaning and has evolved to denote both "someone regarded or treated as unique or special" and "someone who is overly sensitive."
“Purple” now means “geographical areas where voters are split between Democrats and Republicans.” And that’s apart from its usual meaning used in art class. Among other terms are “gender non-conforming”, or someone who exhibits "behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits that do not correspond with the traits typically associated with one's sex."
Is It The First Time Slang Words Appear In A Dictionary?
Last fall, the Merriam-Webster dictionary over 840 new words. The list includes words like GOAT (an acronym for "Greatest of All Time"). New abbreviations like "marg" (short for margarita), "fave" (short for favorite) and "bougie" (short for bourgeois) were added as well.
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