The Best Words Merriam-Webster Just Officially Added to Our Vocabulary


Ghost as a verb, not a noun.

Last week, iconic dictionary Merriam-Webster released its annual list of English words it’s permanently adding to our lexicon. Of the 1,000 new additions, the majority are pop culture terms we’d admittedly find ourselves lost without – the eternal marker of a great new term. Here are our favourite new inclusions:

Prosopagnosia (n.): An inability to recognise faces.
Is that before or after we’ve already pre-stalked them on Instie?

Mumblecore (n): A genre of narrative film focusing primarily on the intimate lives of young characters and featuring scenes of ample dialogue and minimal action.
Basically apply this to any new film or TV series starring intellectually smart and emotionally dumb, directionless 20-somethings that live in a big city and have bunch of quirky friends.

Ghost (v.): 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.
The application of this historical noun as a verb form captures modern dating pretty perfectly, while also giving a healthy nod to our obsession with Snap.

Bokeh (n.): The blurred quality or effect seen in the out-of-focus portion of a photograph taken with a narrow depth of field.
Most commonly seen in the background of pictures of avocado brunches and hipster barn weddings.

Conlang (n.): An invented language.
We’re certain there’s a hidden reference to Kellyanne Conway hidden in here.

Side-eye (n.): A sidelong glance or gaze especially when expressing scorn, suspicion, disapproval, or veiled curiosity.
We knew this one even before there was a word for it.

Seussian (adj). Of, relating to, or suggestive of the works of Dr. Seuss.
Unbelievably relevant. Why wasn’t this included of the dictionary years ago?

Bridget de Maine

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