This year, they added 370 new words.
Some of the additions may be viewed as “adorkable,” just one of the informal words that Merriam-Webster says have weaved their way into our everyday language.
Other attention-catching words added, include:
- adorkable: socially awkward or quirky in a way that is endearing
- baller: excellent, exciting, or extraordinary especially in a way that is suggestive of a lavish lifestyle
- dumbphone: a cell phone that does not include advanced software features (such as email or an internet browser) typically found on smartphones.
- Galentine’s Day: a holiday observed on February 13th as a time to celebrate friendships especially among women
- MacGyver: to make, form, or repair (something) with what is conveniently on hand
- metaverse 1 computing: a persistent virtual environment that allows access to and interoperability of multiple individual virtual realities also: any of the individual virtual environments that make up a metaverse 2 cosmology: the hypothetical combination of all co-existing or sequentially existing universes
- mud season: a time of year (such as early spring) that is characterized by excessively muddy ground’
- shrinkflation: the practice of reducing a product’s amount or volume per unit while continuing to offer it at the same price
- side hustle: work performed for income supplementary to one’s primary job
- sponcon: content posted usually by an influencer on social media that looks like a typical post but for which the poster has been paid to advertise a product or service
- yeet: used to express surprise, approval, or excited enthusiasm yeet verb : to throw especially with force and without regard for the thing being thrown
- janky: of very poor quality
The full list can be found, here.