Our 13 Fave Pop Culture Words Merriam-Webster JUST Added to the Dictionary

This week, Merriam-Webster added more than one thousand new words and definitions to their English dictionary.

Many of these words are getting additional definitions, such as the verb "ghost," while many others are making a comeback after having gone out of style. Did you know that when words fall out of popular usage they get removed from the dictionary? We had no idea!

That said, our fave go-to dictionary just got a lot more user-friendly as they added an array of pop culture words and definitions among the snooze-worthy slew of SAT words such as "circumlocution" and "elucidate" (come again?). Check out some of our personal faves in the list below:

Binge-Watch

Part of speech: Transitive verb

Definition according to MW: "To watch many or all episodes of (a TV series) in rapid succession."

Girl binge-watching television

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Seussian

Part of speech: Adjective

Definition according to MW: "Of, relating to, or suggestive of the works of Dr. Seuss. Especially: having a playfully inventive or outlandish quality typical or reminiscent of the words and images found in the children's stories like The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

 

Humblebrag

Part of speech: Verb

Definition according to MW: "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."

 

Photobomb

Part of speech: Verb

Definition according to MW: "To move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank."

Young girl photoboming a picture of her parents.

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Face-Palm

Part of speech: Verb

Definition according to MW: "To cover one's face with the hand as an expression of embarrassment, dismay, or exasperation."

 

Fast Fashion

Part of speech: Noun

Definition according to MW: "An approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers."

 

Ghost

Part of speech: Verb (informal)

Definition according to MW: "To abruptly cut off all contact with someone (such as a former romantic partner) by no longer accepting or responding to phone calls, instant messages, etc."

 

Macaron

Part of speech: Noun

Definition according to MW: "A light, often brightly colored sandwich cookie consisting of two rounded disks made from the batter of egg whites, sugar, and almond flour surrounding a sweet filling (as of ganache, buttercream, or jam)."

**The definition also notes that this cookie is Parisian and not to be mistaken with the shredded coconut stacks known as macaroons. 

Assortment of brightly colored macarons

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Side-Eye

Part of speech: Noun

Definition according to MW: "A sidelong glance or gaze especially when expressing scorn, suspicion, disapproval, or veiled curiosity."

 

Airball

Part of speech: Verb

Definition according to MW: "To completely miss the basket, rim, and backboard with a shot: to shoot an airball."

 

Geek Out

Part of speech: Verb

Definition according to MW: "To behave like a geek; especially: to become excited or enthusiastic about a favored subject or activity.

 

Listicle

Part of speech: Noun

Definition according to MW: "An article consisting of a series of items presented as a list."

 

Ride Shotgun

Part of speech: Verb

Definition according to MW: "To ride in the front passenger seat of a vehicle."

Friend riding shotgun in the car.

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While we use the words on this list regularly, we admit we're pretty prone to "geeking out" on the daily. If you are a lover of nerd culture, you have to check out THESE subscription boxes that will help you embrace your inner nerd.