It's that time of year again when we find out about the new words that the folks at Merriam-Webster's deem worthy of adding to the world's most used dictionary.
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This year, the folks at Webster's have added 850 new words and definitions to the national lexicon. Some of the highlights of this year's additions.......
DUMPSTER FIRE: This one has been used quite often since 2008, mainly as a colorful description of poorly performing athletes and/or sports teams. Webster's newly added and official definition: "an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence"
WORDIE: "A lover of words." Now foodie has a baby brother in the big book!
MANSPLAIN: "To explain something to a woman in a condescending manner that assumes she has no knowledge of the topic." Guys. we'll just say be VERY careful how you use this one and leave it at that.
GLAMPING: "The act of outdoor camping with amenities and comforts." And it goes without saying, if you have ever gone camping with an RV, that indeed makes you a "glamper" and probably a pretty good candidate for the lead role in the next National Lampoon Family Vacation remake.
If you want to know more about the other 846 news word that have been added to the dictionary, click and check out the WORDS AT PLAY COLUMN at Webster's website.