I love words.
I are a wordsmith:
So I was thrilled that Merriam-Webster recently announced the addition of more than 840 new words to its online database.
After all, Merriam-Webster knows a thing or two about words – they’ve been around since 1828, when George and Charles founded G & C Merriam Co., and then bought the rights to An American Dictionary of the English Language from Daniel Webster’s estate in 1843.
Hence, the Merriam-Webster dictionary. And thesauruses, and atlases, and apps, and eBooks, and so much more, including The Official Scrabble© Player Dictionary.
But going back to the new words, here’s just a sampling:
Bingeable: Having multiple episodes or parts that can be watched in rapid succession.
GOAT: An acronym for Greatest Of All Time.
Hangry: Describes that feeling when you’re super-hungry and getting cranky, or angry.
Time Suck: An activity to which one devotes a lot of time that might be better or more productively spent doing other things.
There are so many new words entering our lexicon that Merriam-Webster also added a bunch earlier this year:
Glamping: Outdoor camping with amenities and comforts (such as beds, electricity, and access to indoor plumbing) not usually used when camping (glamour + camping).
Hate-watch: To watch and take pleasure in laughing at 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.
Welp: Used informally instead of “Well,” (as to introduce a remark expressing resignation or disappointment).
Now, I don’t know about you, but to me, some of these words sounded more like sniglets:
If so, Merriam-Webster, then surely these sniglet gems are also worthy of your consideration:
Expresshole: A person who brings more than 15 items to the express lane in the store.
Flopcorn: The unpopped kernels left in a bag of microwave popcorn.
Musquirt: That runny stuff that comes out of the mustard bottle before the mustard does.
Newswafer: Newspaper left on the driveway that has been wet and run over for a period of time.
Profanitype: Symbols used by cartoonists to replace swear words.
Snackmosphere: The pocket of air found inside snack and/or potato chip bags.
My spellcheck went crazy with all this but…
Aren’t words fun?
Yes, it’s true: