Some new words include "Seussian," "throw shade," "prosopagnosia," and "microaggression."

By Nivea Serrao
Updated February 08, 2017 at 11:04 AM EST
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Merriam-Webster may spend some of their time defining words for politicians, but the minds behind the dictionary have also found the time to add 1,000 new words and definitions to their database.

The new additions — which include “Seussian,” “throw shade,” “prosopagnosia,” and “microaggression” — can be traced back to a variety of sources, including pop culture, science, and everyday conversation.

“This is a significant addition of words to our dictionary, and it reflects both the breadth of English vocabulary and the speed with which that vocabulary changes,” explains Lisa Schneider, Chief Digital Officer & Publisher at Merriam-Webster in a statement.

Peter Sokolowski, Editor-at-Large, adds, “These entries also highlight the value of crafting useful and readable definitions that require the unique expertise and experience of our staff.”

Merriam-Webster is also teaming up with GIF search engine GIPHY to announce some of the new words that have been added. Says Schneider, “Our collaboration with GIPHY to illustrate some of these New Words also helps underscore how fun and relevant language and its changes are.”

Here are just some of the new words and definitions that can be found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

A full list can be found on the Merriam-Webster website.

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