Language is constantly evolving to keep up with new ideas; that’s what’s so great about it. This effect is multiplied on the internet, where the wide array of voices gives rise to all kinds of slang. On Tuesday, some of those more familiar slang words achieved official recognition on Dictionary.com. So if you still don’t know what “fleek” means and don’t want to embarrass yourself by asking your niece, Dictionary.com is here to help: “flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.”
Other interesting new additions include Mx. (a non-gendered honorific), feels (“strong, often positive feelings”), doge (“an Internet fad or meme typified by an image of a dog of the Shiba Inu breed accompanied by very short phrases that humorously represent the dog’s imagined thoughts and use the wrong modifiers”), and yes, even yaaas (“used as a strong expression of excitement, approval, agreement, etc.”).
Some previously existing words also got new definitions to match their modified internet usage, such as random (“slang. a person or thing that is unknown, unidentified, or suspiciously out of place”) and asterisk (“any factor or element that makes an otherwise outstanding achievement somewhat doubtful or less impressive”).
Check out the full list here, and then get back to generating new slang. After all, Dictionary.com is watching you.
“Dictionary.com lexicographers rely heavily on the time-honored practice at the foundation of dictionary writing: reading widely,” the Dictionary.com team said in a statement. “Scouring sources from literature to scientific journals to news media outlets, our lexicographers are able to find and pinpoint both completely new words as well as words that are shifting in meaning and need new definitions.”