Dictionary.com adds over 300 new words to website
More than 300 new words have been introduced to Dictionary.com, including terms from meme culture, social justice movements, and slang.
The world’s leading online English-language dictionary added words like “yeet,” “oof,” “cultural appropriation,” “deplatform,” “Domestic terrorism,” calling someone attractive a “snack,” “zaddy” , “y’all,” “silver fox,” “slide hustle,” “long COVID.” “Aunt Jemima,” and more.
The addition of these terms and phrases to Dictionary.com’s lexicon is noteworthy not just because the site is the world’s most popular resource for looking up words and phrases, but also because the company’s lexicon includes definitions for Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant. That means you may now ask Alexa for the definition of these new words, and she will explain the term to you.
“The most recent update to our lexicon continues to reflect the world around us,” said Dictionary.com managing editor John Kelly. “Long COVID, minoritize, 5G, content warning, domestic terrorism—we live in a complex and stressful culture, and linguistic changes are helping us cope.”
Kelly also discussed how culture has changed the definitions of current brands and phrases in dictionaries.