Some of these phrases only came into conversations in the past decade, and none are more than 20 years old. Merriam-Webster editors wrote in a statement that their additions reflect recent advances in science, borrowings from foreign languages, words from technology, and everything in between.
The last time the dictionary updated its website and print edition was in 2014, when it added only 150 words.
“Since there is no space limitation online, we are [now] allowed to expand as much as we can,” says Peter Sokolowski, US-based editor-at-large for Merriam-Webster, during an interview with CTV News Channel.
Though the world could have done without seeing ‘face-palm’ or ‘weak sauce’ become a formally recognised compound term, this growing expressive glossory reflects the breadth of English vocabulary and the speed with which we seek information.
Here’s a look at 5 new words added to the online dictionary, possibly useful to get your up-to-date business objectives across to millennials or any moderner for that matter.
Meaning: The practice of ending a relationship by abruptly cutting off all contact without offering an explanation.
Example sentence: “A victim of ghosting myself, let’s create a work culture that no longer allows for such a horrible habit.”
Meaning: Software that is no longer sold or supported by its creator.
Example sentence: “Dong Nguyen’s Flappy Bird was one of the best mobile games ever but too bad it was left for abandonware.”
Meaning: 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.
Example sentence: “During job interviews, let the humblebrags begin.”
Meaning: An often unintentional comment or action against marginalised groups.
Example sentence: “Continued conversations and open dialogues should take place in this country around the idea of microaggressions towards migrant workers.”
Meaning: One who believes that the truth about a generally accepted account of an event is being concealed from the public by a powerful conspiracy.
Example sentence: “Our investigation and reports by expert product analysts do not agree with the truthers.”
Bonus example sentence: "Donald Trump, voting machine truther, oddly made no mention of his qualms about “a rigged system” in his victory speech.”