Posted by: Jack Henry | March 26, 2018

Editor’s Corner: How Words Get Added to the Dictionary

This is a follow up to the article that I sent last week regarding the new words added to Merriam-Webster. I received lots of inquires asking how words get added to the dictionary. First, let me start by saying that Merriam-Webster doesn’t just add words willy-nilly. The dictionary editors, or lexicographers, spend several hours a day researching changes in the English language.

If you are interested, here is an article from Merriam-Webster that describes their process for adding words and new definitions of words to the dictionary.

Here is a fun diagram that breaks down their process.

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