Posted by: Jack Henry | March 14, 2018

Editor’s Corner: New Words in Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster recently added 850 new words to the dictionary. Here are a few of them.

wordie: a lover of words

demonym: a word (such as Nevadan or Sooner) used to denote a person who inhabits or is native to a particular place

Wanderwort: a word borrowed from one language to another across a broad geographical area often as a result of trade or adoption of newly introduced items or cultural places

Silver Alert: a widely publicized bulletin that alerts the public when an elderly person or a person with a cognitive disability goes missing

Case-sensitive: requiring correct input of uppercase and lowercase letters

chiweenie: a dog that is a cross between a Chihuahua and a dachshund

cryptocurrency: any form of currency that only exists digitally, that usually has no central issuing or regulating authority but instead uses a decentralized system to record transactions and manage the issuance of new units, and that relies on cryptography to prevent counterfeiting the fraudulent transactions

blockchain: a digital database containing information (such as records of financial transactions) that can be simultaneously used and shared within a large decentralized, publicly accessible network;

also : technology used to create such a database

life hack: a usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently

hate-watch: to watch and take pleasure in laughing or criticizing (a disliked television show, movie, etc.)

subtweet: a usually mocking or critical tweet that alludes to another Twitter user without including a link to the user’s account and often without directly mentioning the user’s name

dumpster fire: an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence

mansplain: to explain something to a woman in a condescending way that assumes she has no knowledge about the topic

The word bandwidth now includes this definition:

the emotional or mental capacity necessary to do or consider something

The word unicorn now includes this definition:

business : a start-up that is valued at one billion dollars or more

Jackie Solano | Technical Editor | Symitar®

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