I’m so over music and movie awards. I haven’t watched an entire episode of an awards show in years, yet I can’t help hearing about these things on the news. But you know what? If Adele decides to break her Grammy into Chiclet-sized pieces next year and share them with the whole audience, good for her. It won’t affect my life one bit. But the winners I do care about, very much, are the new words that Merriam-Webster adds to the dictionary each year. Now that, I can get excited about!
M-W recently announced the addition of more than 1,000 new words to the dictionary. Some of these include:
Binge-watch, transitive verb, “to watch many or all episodes of (a TV series) in rapid succession.” Example: “When I discovered Downton Abbey several years after the program first aired, I binge-watched the first few seasons.”
Ginger, noun, “a person with red hair.” Example: “Prince Harry is a cute ginger.”
Woo-woo, adjective, “dubiously or outlandishly mystical, supernatural, or unscientific.” Example: “She’s into some woo-woo religion these days.”
I was surprised to learn that SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) and FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States) weren’t already in the dictionary, because I’ve been hearing these terms for years.
Click here if you’d like to check out some of the other additions to the dictionary.