640 Words And Phrases Added To Merriam-Webster Dictionary

April 25, 2019

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Congratulations!  Your lexicon grew by 640 words and phrases this month as the editors of Merriam-Webster's dictionary adding creditability to an ever-changing English language. Entertainment fans will recognize a few of the new words on Merriam-Webster's list: Buzzy (generating speculation or attention), bottle episode (an episode of a television series confined to one setting), and EGOT (winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony) have all received the dictionary's stamp of approval. Some terms reflect the rise of digital devices in our everyday lives, such as unplug and screen time. Other words have been around for centuries, but started appearing in new contexts in recent years. According to Merriam-Webster, snowflake can now mean “someone who is overly sensitive," purple can describe an area split between Democrat and Republican voters, and Goldilocks can mean “an area of planetary orbit in which temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold to support life." Other additions include "garbage time," which refers to the period toward the end of a timed sports competition that has become a blowout when the outcome of the game has already been decided, and the coaches of one or both teams will decide to replace their best players with substitutes. "Go-cup," which is a plastic or paper cup used for taking a beverage off the premises of a bar, restaurant or store. And "page view," which is an instance of a user viewing an individual page on a website.

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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