Knowing that Shrinkflation, Adorable, Subvariant, and even Pumpkin Spice are officially in the dictionary might make you yell “Yeah!”
ICYMI, these are five of the 370 words and phrases Merriam-Webster added to the dictionary this month, the publisher said Wednesday. Oh yeah, ICYMI (which stands for “In case you missed it”) was also added.
Merriam-Webster editor Peter Sokolowski said in a statement, “Some of these words entertain and inspire, while others provoke discussion. Our job is to capture the language in use.”
“Words provide a window into ever-changing language and culture, and are only added to the dictionary when there is clear and persistent evidence of their use.”
Global inflation has made shrinkflation a common term. It is defined by Springfield, Massachusetts publishers as “the practice of reducing the quantity or quantity per unit of a product while continuing to offer it at the same price.” please think about it. Going to the grocery store, he finds orange juice is no longer available in 64 fl oz (1.9 liter) cartons. Only 59 oz.
Pumpkin Spice – A polarized blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice, used to flavor nearly every fall these days – has been around for years but is finally in the dictionary. I’m here.
Many of the words are slang or used informally on social media. A mashup of dorky and adorable, adolcabl means “socially awkward or quirky in an adorable way”. Merriam-Webster’s definition of Yeet means “used to express surprise, approval, or excited enthusiasm” or “to throw with particular force, regardless of what is thrown”. used as a verb.
The global coronavirus pandemic has forced a term once heard almost exclusively in the medical community onto everyone’s tongue, with all new dictionary entries: subvariants, booster doses, emergency use authorizations, and more. I got
Many new words are drawn from popular culture, and the verb MacGyver was inspired by a TV character who keeps the ordinary within reach and can build or repair anything.
If all the new words overwhelm you, try listening to the gentle dawn chorus, defined as “the chirping of wild birds, especially just before and after sunrise in spring and summer.”