30 Words Merriam-Webster Added to the Dictionary in 2022

Like all good descriptivist dictionaries, Merriam-Webster seeks to catalog how language is getting used somewhat than dictate the way it ought to be used. And that signifies that if sufficient individuals use a sure time period in the similar approach for lengthy sufficient, it would finally get an entry of its personal. EGOT, stan, and bottle episode all earned that honor again in 2019. Last yr, dad bod, chicharron, and oobleck joined the ranks.

(*30*)The newest batch of additives is equally entertaining, comprising 370 new phrases and definitions from all spheres of life. As was the case in 2021, various pandemic-related phrases have been included in this yr’s replace—from booster dose to emergency use authorization. 

The addition of altcoin is a nod to the rising affect of cryptocurrency; and anyone who has seen the more and more paltry contents of cereal bins, Doritos luggage, and extra will little question agree that shrinkflation deserves its newly acquired spot in the dictionary. Gastronomic tendencies may be tracked by way of phrases like omakase, banh mi, and—simply in time for autumn—pumpkin spice. 

It’s at all times particularly enjoyable to see which slang phrases made the lower. This yr, Merriam-Webster is formally acknowledging that cringe may be an adjective, and that there’s a distinction between calling somebody’s outfit a glance and a lewk.

Read on for a spotlight reel of the new entries—and likewise so you may lastly study what yeet means.

“Socially awkward or quirky in a way that is endearing.”

“Any of various cryptocurrencies that are regarded as alternatives to established cryptocurrencies and especially to Bitcoin.”

“Excellent, exciting, or extraordinary, especially in a way that is suggestive of a lavish lifestyle.”

“A usually spicy sandwich in Vietnamese cuisine consisting of a split baguette filled typically with meat (such as pork or chicken) and pickled vegetables (such as carrot and daikon) and garnished with cilantro and often cucumbers.”

“So embarrassing, awkward, etc. as to cause one to cringe: cringeworthy.”

“The singing of wild birds that closely precedes and follows sunrise especially in spring and summer.”

Abbreviation for “for what it’s worth.”

“A holiday observed on February 13th as a time to celebrate friendships especially among women.”

“The act or practice of making a product, policy, activity, etc. appear to be more environmentally friendly or less environmentally damaging than it really is.”

Abbreviation for “in case you missed it.”

“Of very poor quality: junky; also: not functioning properly or adequately: faulty.”

“A live-action role-playing game in which a group of people enacts a fictional scenario (such as a fantasy adventure) in real time typically under the guidance of a facilitator or organizer.”

“A fashion look … that is distinctive to the wearer and that is noticeable and memorable to others.”

“To make, form, or repair (something) with what is conveniently on hand.”

“The sport or hobby of using a strong magnet attached to the end of a rope to find metal objects in bodies of water.”

“The physical world and environment especially as contrasted with the virtual world of cyberspace.”

In computing, “a persistent virtual … environment that allows access to and interoperability of multiple individual virtual realities,” in addition to “any of the individual virtual environments that make up a metaverse.” In cosmology, “the hypothetical combination of all co-existing or sequentially existing universes.”

“A liquid made from ground oats and water that is usually fortified (as with calcium and vitamins) and used as a milk substitute.”

As a noun, “a series of small servings or courses (as of sushi) offered at a fixed price and whose selection is left to the chef’s discretion.” As an adverb or adjective, “according to the chef’s choice.”

“A mixture of usually cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and often allspice that is commonly used in pumpkin pie.”

“A mixture of ground spices that is used in northern African cooking and includes coriander, ginger, turmeric, peppercorns, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne pepper, and other spices.”

“The practice of reducing a product’s amount or volume per unit while continuing to offer it at the same price.”

“Work performed for income supplementary to one’s primary job.”

“The military organization of a nation for space warfare.”

“Content … posted usually by an influencer on social media that looks like a typical post but for which the poster has been paid to advertise a product or service.”

“One of two or more distinctive forms or types of the same variant.”

“The chain of processes, businesses, etc. by which a commodity is produced and distributed : the companies, materials, and systems involved in manufacturing and delivering goods.”

Slang for “suspicious” or “suspect.”

“The act or practice of conspicuously displaying one’s awareness of and attentiveness to political issues, matters of social and racial justice, etc., especially instead of taking effective action.”

As an interjection, “used to express surprise, approval, or excited enthusiasm.” As a verb, “to throw especially with force and without regard for the thing being thrown.”


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