When dictionaries add new words, they tend to include the most commonly used words at the time and Dictionary.com’s latest additions quite accurately reflect the language most of us use today.
Dictionary.com recently added 300 more words to its list and the new terms represent a variety of topics and categories. Among the new additions are light-hearted words such as ‘Slay’, “Dabbing”, and “Man Bun”. However, some of the online dictionary’s new words highlight the high-interest in politics at present such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Alt-Right”.
New terms and phrases pop up everyday so Dictionary.com is gonna have to keep its ears to the streets if it wants to stay up to date – but it’s latest additions are pretty impressive nonetheless.
Check out some of Dictionary.com’s latest words and definitions below.
420: slang; marijuana.
Alt-right: a political movement originating on social media and online forums, composed of a segment of conservatives who support extreme right-wing ideologies, including white nationalism and anti-semitism.
Black Lives Matter: a political and social movement originating among African Americans, emphasizing human rights and racial equality for black people and campaigning against various forms of racism.
Cheat day: a day in which a person goes off a dietary regimen.
Dabbing: the act of performing a dance move that involves posing with one’s nose in the crook of a bent elbow at chest level while extending the other arm to the side at or above shoulder level, often as a celebratory posture in sports or other competitions.
Dad bod: informal; a man’s physique that is slightly overweight or flabby but still attractive.
Man bun: a man’s hair gathered into a bun at the back or top of the head.
Sext: a sexually explicit digital image, text message, etc., sent to someone usually by cell phone.
Slay: slang; to strongly impress or overwhelm someone.
Throw shade: slang; to insult, criticize, or disrespect a person or thing in an indirect, artful manner.