Merriam-Webster, the esteemed dictionary publisher, has officially embraced the ever-evolving landscape of language in 2023.
Their latest dictionary update features an impressive addition of 690 new words, showcasing the lexical vibrancy of contemporary English.
Among these newfound linguistic treasures, the inclusion of slang terms like “rizz”, “goated”, “bussin” and “simp” reflects the lexicon’s responsiveness to popular culture and evolving expressions.
Notably, Merriam-Webster also embraces the digital age by introducing words and phrases from the realm of technology and gaming. These encompass terms like “generative AI” and “large language model” from the AI space, as well as gaming jargon like “cutscene”, “no-playable character”, “nerf” and “rage quit”.
The dictionary’s expansion extends beyond the realms of technology and entertainment. It incorporates language that mirrors contemporary culture and society, with entries like “thirst trap”, “girlboss”, “doggo”, “finsta” and “edgelord.”
This latest update affirms that the English language is indeed thriving and evolving, capturing the essence of a language in constant motion and adaptation to the ever-changing landscape of human expression.
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