Times are changing and the Merriam-Webster dictionary is being reflected with the new words we create.
On Wednesday, Merriam-Webster added 455 new words and definitions. Some of the terms added to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary include “dad-bod”, “flatterner” and “air-fryer”.
As we know and have heard, many guerrillas use the term “dad bod” when referring to a person who may have a little extra weight around the abdomen. According to Merriam-Webster, it is “a physical constitution that is considered to be like that of an average father.” The dictionary describes it as “a little overweight and not too muscular.”
Another term has been added, “Fluffernator”, a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow cream. The dictionary has a short phrase “emirate” for “what am I right”. “TBH” has also been added, and it means “to be honest.”
In an interview with Dr. TodayPeter Sokolowski, editor-at-large of Merriam-Webster, provides an explanation of how words are added and has much to do with The New York Times or The Atlantic.
Sokolowski said, “If a word is used frequently in publications such as New York Times Or Atlantic, Then it goes to the dictionary. “
He added that words cannot simply appear on social media or memes. They must appear in the articles, “We must make it appear in carefully edited prose in a timely manner – and not just in memes and social media.”
When Marianne-Webster says “dad bod” was first used in 2003, Sokolovsky said the words could be “a little stale” once they officially enter the dictionary.
“Slang dictionaries are great and they serve an important function,” Sokolovsky said. “But Merriam-Webster needs more research. We need to see so much evidence of the use of a word and so it may seem a bit stale when it is entered. “
Earlier this year, “Chile” and “Finna” were added to the dictionary.