Sep 19, 2017

Merriam-Webster just announced that they’ve added more than 250 new words and definitions to the dictionary, and if anything, these new official terms are already words we know and use daily. Some of the new official words include food terms like sriracha, bibimbap, and froyo.

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Bibimbap (noun) \ ˈbē-ˈbēm-ˈbäp \ – “a Korean dish of rice with cooked vegetables, usually meat, and often a raw or fried egg.” Our definition? “Yum.”

It also includes a few technological terms, such as ransomware, a type of malware “that requires the victim to pay a ransom to access encrypted files.” And adapting to how we use technology today, the term Internet of Things has also been made dictionary-official, referring to the “networking capability that allows information to be sent to and received from objects and devices using the internet.”

A few other more relevant terms:

  • pregame, meaning “to begin drinking alcohol before an event or activity (such as a party or a night out)
  • troll, “to harass, criticize, or antagonize (someone) especially by provocatively disparaging or mocking public statements, postings, or acts.” (Our suggested alternate meaning is “something you shouldn’t do.”)
  • front, meaning “to assume a fake or false personality to conceal one’s true identity and character” (another thing we should stop doing, right?)
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A visual representation of pregame drinks. Photo by Danica Condez.

Photos courtesy of Unsplash.

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