Just like increasingly lactose-tolerate humans, the dictionary is constantly evolving.
Earlier in 2015, Dictionary.com immortalized words like "basic," "gender-fluid," and "smartwatch."
Now the website will add a second set of 150 new words and definitions, and over 1,000 revisions. It shows how quickly our lexicon is growing thanks, in part, to social media.
One example of this is "fleek," which was popularized in mid-2014 by a six-second video on Vine. The virality of this slang term, often found in the phrase "on fleek", contributed to a massive increase in interest among Dictionary.com users over the last year.
Searches for social media slang and memes have led to words being included that typically not spoken aloud such as "IRL" (in real life) as well as "yaaas," "feels," "facepalm," "TBH", and "doge," the Internet meme of a Shiba Inu and its imagined thoughts.
This proves that your 12-year-old neighbor can alter the English language just as Shakespeare brought the world "dwindle" through "MacBeth" and Drake eternally blessed us with "Yolo."
Look for at a selection of the recently added words with brief definitions. Full dictionary entries for the new words can be found on Dictionary.com.
asterisk: any factor or element that makes an otherwise outstanding achievement somewhat doubtful or less impressive.
bestie: Informal. a person's best friend.
digital citizen: a person who develops the skills and knowledge to effectively use the Internet and other digital technology, especially in order to participate responsibly in social and civic activities.
doge: an Internet fad or meme typified by an image of a dog of the Shiba Inu breed accompanied by very short phrases that humorously represent the dog's imagined thoughts and use the wrong modifiers or shortened word forms, as "such dignified" or "amaze."
drunk text: to send a text message to someone while intoxicated.
EGOT: the honor of winning at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony in competitive rather than honorary categories.
facepalm: the gesture of placing the palm of one's hand across the face, as to express embarrassment, frustration, disbelief, etc. (often used as an interjection).
feels: Informal. strong, often positive feelings.
fleek: Slang. flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.
Internet of Things (IoT): a network of everyday devices, appliances, and other objects equipped with computer chips and sensors that can collect and transmit data through the Internet.
IRL: in real life (in contrast with communication and interaction online or in a fictional situation).
Mx.: a title of respect prefixed to a person's surname: unlike Mr., Mrs., or Ms., it does not indicate gender and may be used by a person with any or no specific gender identity.
nerf: Slang. (in a video game) to reconfigure (an existing character or weapon), making it less powerful.
sapiosexual: a person who finds intelligence to be a sexually attractive quality in others.
shootie: Informal. a woman's shoe that reaches, covers, or extends just above the ankle.
TBH: to be honest.
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