Merriam-Webster adds 850 words to dictionary, including 'mansplain' and 'dumpster fire'
Life may be a dumpster fire sometimes, but now no one can tell you that isn’t a word.
Merriam-Webster announced Monday that it has added 850 words to its online dictionary, including popular terms like “mansplain” and “dumpster fire.”
The dictionary authority explained that it regularly updates and add new words to reflect changing times and vocabularies. As long as a word is popular enough to be used by a wide swath of the population and individuals are likely to encounter out in the world, it’s eligible to be added.
Other new entries include “cryptocurrency,” which includes a lengthy and complex definition worthy of the subject, and the portmanteau word “glamping,” which combines “glamorous” and “camping” to describe the experience of going on vacation in the great outdoors with the benefits of indoor plumbing.
Some words might be terms you assumed were already in the dictionary, like “self-care” and “dark chocolate”; they’ve been added to reflect their rising popularity and their need for a specific definition. Interjections such as “hmm” and “welp” have also made the cut.
Perhaps the most eye-catching additions are those that come from internet discourse: words like “subtweet,” “mansplain,” and “dumpster fire,” which are used to describe online behaviors or give new meaning to pre-existing concepts. So the next time someone mansplains something to you, kindly tell them that they’re doing so and show them the dictionary definition of their faux pas. It might start a dumpster fire in your emotional life, but it’s better than passively aggressively subtweeting them.