Look it up: the word ‘microaggression’ is now officially included in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
The publishing company announced on Tuesday that its dictionary has been updated to include more than 1,000 new words.
The additions include terms that reflect recent events, such as “safe space,” which refers to liberal-influenced college students who have immature ways of dealing with hearing bad news. An example of this would be learning that Donald Trump was elected president.
Other political-oriented terms added include town hall, truther, SCOTUS, and FLOTUS.
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“The work of revision is ongoing and constant; even though it seems that the latest slang gets the most attention when dictionaries issue lists of new words, the additions come from the whole range of registers and from every corner of the language,” the company said on its website, noting that new words are chosen because of their frequency of use in today’s news and literature.
Many of the dictionary’s latest terms, including net neutrality, botnet, photobomb, ghost, and binge-watch, reflect advances and uses of technology.
Then, there are old words that are being used in completely new ways, such as face palm and throw shade.
“Some of these terms came into use in the past decade, and none are more than twenty years old,” explains the company.
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