Merriam-Webster Added 455 New Words

Merriam-Webster announced that 455 new words and definitions have been added to their dictionary, including the term “dad bod.” Described as “a physique regarded as typical of an average father,” Merriam-Webster adds that it is also “one that is slightly overweight and not extremely muscular.”

Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, Peter Sokolowski, explained how new words are chosen to be added. Noting that there must be written proof of a word’s longevity, he said,

If a word is used frequently in publications such as The New York Times or The Atlantic, then it goes into the dictionary.

Some fellow new additions include “air fryer” and “Fluffernutter,” a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow crème, as well as “vaccine passport.”

Terms such as “amirite,” which is used to shorten the phrase “am I right,” was also added, alongside the abbreviation “TBH,” which stands for “to be honest.”

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