New Words Added to the Dictionary - Fall 2018


Things are moving extremely fast these days. Think about it. Generation gaps become wider and no longer span over decades. The continuous progress in technology bring with it fast evolvement of all aspects of life and requires us to adapt fast to these changes. One of these symptoms is the amount of words added constantly to the Webster dictionary. According to the Merriam-Websetr Dictionary "new words are added to the dictionary only when they have already been used by many people." So it is safe to assume that you should get yourself familiar with the new words coming up so you don't get lost in translation.

In order to facilitate the process, we gathered here some of the new words that were lately added to the dictionary.

Instagram (verb)

Definition: to post (a picture) to the Instagram photo-sharing service

Example: The restaurant's dessesrts are even more impressive in person. They are perfect for Instagramming.

Marg (noun)

Definition: an Informal shortening of the word Margarita

Example: It is fun to sit back and enjoy a sip of quality margs.

Adorbs (adjective)

Definition: extremely charming or appealing. An informal shortening of the word Adorable.

Example: Don't you think these puppies are just adorbs?

Rando (noun)

Definition: a random person, a person who is not known or recognizable or whose appearance seems unprompted or unwelcome.

Example: Most of the students were not familiar with the candidates running for student council, especially of some rando dude who just joined last minute.

Zoodle (noun)

Definition: a long, thin strip of zucchini that resembles a string or narrow ribbon of pasta -> Z(ucchini) + (n)OODLE

Example: if you like pasta but try to reduce cards, zoodles can be the perfect solution.

Mocktail (noun)

Definition: a usually iced drink made with any of vairous ingredeitns (such as juice, gerbs, and soda water) but without alcohol: a nonalcoholic cocktail.

Example: Mocktails are gaining popularity in high school parties, as well as some of the most famous bars.

Hangry (adjective)

Definition: informal; irritable or angry becuase of hunger.

Example: It is best not to approach them when they are hangry.

TL;DR (abbreviation or noun)

Definition: toolong; didn't read - used to say that something would require too much time to read.

Example: teens' attention span is so short these days that TL;DR became a popular answer for essay assignments.

Bingeable (adjective)

Definition: having multiple episodes or parts that can be watched in rapid succession; suitable for binge-watching.

Example: Netflix has so many bingeable shows, it is hard to pick which one to watch.

Mansplain (verb)

Definition: to explain something to a woman in a condescending way that assumes she has no knowledge about the topic.

Example: I hate it when he tries to manspalin basketball to me as if I have never watched a game.