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Top New Words Added To Merriam-Webster 2017

Mar 14, 2017 12:41PM ● Published by Caitlin Marshall

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Merriam-Webster recently added more than a 1,000 new words to their 2017 dictionary. We couldn’t list them all, but thought this listicle would be appropriate.

BINGE-WATCH (V.): To watch many or all episodes of (a TV series) in rapid succession.

BOKEH (N.): The blurred quality or effect seen in the out-of-focus portion of a photograph taken with a narrow depth of field.

CONLANG (N.): An invented language.

FACE-PALM (V.): To cover one's face with the hand as an expression of embarrassment.

FAST FASHION (N.): An approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers.

FIRST WORLD PROBLEM (N.): A usually minor or trivial problem or annoyance experienced by people in relatively affluent or privileged circumstances especially as contrasted with problems of greater social significance facing people in poor and underdeveloped parts of the world.

GINGER (N.): A person with red hair.

HUMBLEBRAG (V.): To make a seemingly modest, self-critical, or casual statement or reference that is meant to draw attention to one's admirable or impressive qualities or achievements.

LISTICLE (N.): An article consisting of a series of items presented as a list.

MICROAGGRESSION (N.): A comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority).

NSFW (ABBR.): Not safe for work; not suitable for work—used to warn someone that a website, email attachment, etc., is not suitable for viewing at most places of employment.

PROSOPAGNOSIA (N.): An inability to recognize faces.

SAFE SPACE (N.): A place (as on a college campus) intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening actions, ideas, or conversations.

SIDE-EYE (N.): A sidelong glance or gaze especially when expressing scorn, suspicion, disapproval, or veiled curiosity.

TRUTHER (N.): One who believes that the truth about an important subject or event is being concealed from the public by a powerful conspiracy.

FOOD INSECURE (ADJ.): Unable to consistently access or afford adequate food.

For a complete listing or new words in Werriam-Webster for 2017, Click Here!
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