The Merriam-Webster dictionary is catching up with the times and is now 1,700 words richer. And it must say something about or generation, when WTF makes it in a serious dictionary. To make it clear, they have explained what it stands for and that it is an expression generally used to express “outraged surprise, recklessness, confusion, or bemusement.”
The new dictionary has very serious additions, that are in line with the latest changes that the world is going through at the moment, such as “colony collapse disorder”, a term that describes a honeybee disorder.
But, along with these, it has also brought words that you would never expect to see in a dictionary, like “clickbait”, which they had quite a hard time explaining. The final definition they came up with was “something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest.”.
The infamous “jeggings” have made into the Webster Dictionary. And in case you’re not up to date with your fashion lingo, these are leggings that look like jeans and that are as tight as tight can be.
Another popular acronym that has made into the dictionary is “NSFW”. It stands for “Not Safe For Work” and is typically used to warn viewers a certain post of photo that might contain sexual content, that is not allowed in the work place, according to Merriam-Webster.
Thanks to the new Webster dictionary, nobody has any excuses left for misusing current terms like “emojis” or “photobomb”, because the 1,700 new words, that include all of these Internet generation terms, also come with 3,200 examples of correct use.
Long gone are the days when it was understandable for some people to be outdated because they simply did not have access to the situations where all the newest words were used. But not, since it’s all in the dictionary, WTF?!
Among these additions are also some beloved food choices of the millenials, such as the elegant multicolored “macarons” or the deliciously spicy “chilaquiles”.
Even the baristas’ language has been exposed by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, as it has included fancy coffee making words like “crema”, which is a particular type of foam of a light brown color that is formed at the top of a cappuccino.
With these new additions, the Merriam-Webster dictionary has definitely made it into the 21st century and it came with new words for all generations. This just might be a good starting point for breaking the barriers between generations, at least the language-related ones, because it now has new words for millenials and their parents as well.
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