Yeah ! Merriam-Webster adds ‘baller’, ‘grind’ and ‘pumpkin spice’ to dictionary
By Scottie Andrew, CNN
(CNN) — If you like turning a obsceneregularly pwn your friends in “Fortnite” or find the ordinary dictionary jankyyou’re in luck: Merriam-Webster has added a slew of slang to its dictionary, giving new legitimacy to these informal terms and more.
It usually takes years for such slang to find its way into reference books, but Merriam-Webster says it’s just following the Internet’s lead: We’re quickly adopting this language online, so the dictionary learns to quickly make room for those that are used often. , invented words. Read on for definitions and uses so you can higher level your conversational skills.
New slang, old dictionary
Some of the words added by Merriam-Webster have admittedly been in common use for over a decade: Zooey Deschanel arguably popularized the word “adorkable” when she started starring on the sitcom “New Girl,” and “janky” has, unless in this author’s experience, been a favorite descriptor among middle and high school kids for years now.
And then there’s “MacGyver,” now a verb for fixing something with whatever you have on hand, like the titular hero of the 1985 TV series. Better late than never, isn’t it, Merriam Webster?
Here are some of the new slang terms you’ll find in Merriam-Webster (with definitions provided courtesy of the dictionary) along with examples, so you’ll never have to worry about whether you are cringe for misusing those words.
Yeet (n.): An expression of surprise, approval, or enthusiastic enthusiasm.
Ex.: Can I eat the cookies you made before dinner? AGAIN !
Yes (v.) To throw something with force and without regard to the thing thrown.
Ex.: I threw the quiz that I failed straight into the trash.
Janky (adj.): very poor quality or not working properly.
Ex.: My janky computer likes to restart in the middle of Zoom meetings.
Sus (adj.): abbreviation of suspect or suspect.
Ex.: Isn’t it a bit suspicious to never see Peter Parker and Spider-Man in the same place?
Lewk (n.): a distinctive fashionable look for the wearer and noticeable and memorable for others.
Ex.: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant Bimini Bon Boulash caused a stir on the catwalk when she appeared in a Vivienne Westwood-inspired bridal corset.
Pwn (v.): dominate and conquer. Pronounced as “clean”.
Ex.: I totally pwned my opponents in an epic tag match yesterday.
Baller (adj.): excellent, exciting, or extraordinary, especially in a way that evokes a lavish lifestyle.
Ex.: It was very nice of you to share your lottery winnings with us.
Other odds and ends
These words are not considered slang, but they were also not accepted in the Merriam-Webster dictionary until now. You may not use these words in everyday life. How often do you talk about baby hedgehogs? – but they are important enough to belong in a reference work, at least online.
Hoglet (nm): a baby hedgehog.
Ex.: I need to snuggle this pig while its quills aren’t sharp yet.
pumpkin spice: A mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice commonly used in pumpkin pie.
Ex.: Pumpkin spice lattes used to be a harbinger of fall, but they’re now appearing on menus starting in late summer.
GN (n.): short for live action roleplay, a game in which players re-enact fantasy scenarios.
Ex.: I twisted my ankle during a LARP session during which I mimed a battle on horseback.
Level up (v.): Progress or improve as if you were playing a game.
Ex.: In her song “Level Up,” Ciara implores us all to let go of the enemies that hold us back and instead explore our full potential.
Metaverse (n.): A virtual environment in which users can access multiple virtual realities.
Ex.: In the metaverse, all I do is buy digital clothes for my avatar and talk to other users.
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