It’s early in the year, but new words for 2016 are being added to the Merriam-Webster Open Dictionary. As new words and slangs emerge and make their way into daily conversations and online communication, they become more relevant. Lexicographers gradually add more words to the dictionary from their compiled list. In this instance, many are contributing to the fascinating list.
Some of the newest words in 2016 have already made their way on Merriam-Webster’s Open Dictionary website. Several pages worth of new words for the year are listed on the site by named contributors. Only a fraction of them will be listed here. Many are interesting words that represent two words combined into one.
Here are some of the latest additions to Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s website.
Accentophile: A person who enjoys foreign accents.
Athleisure: A style of clothing inspired by athletic apparel but also worn as casual, everyday wear.
Belignorant: Of being belligerent and ignorant.
Breakfunch: A small meal eaten between breakfast and lunch.
Butthurt: Mental distress or irritation caused by an overreaction to a perceived personal slight.
C-suite: Executive officers of a business.
Concharge: To be in charge and in control.
Confungry: Confused and angry.
D-Bag: A contemptible or despicable person; a douchebag.
Definotly: Definitely not.
Deso: Designated driver.
Equalist: A person who believes that all people are created equal regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or general beliefs.
Fabulize: To make fabulous.
Free-Range Parenting: A style of child rearing in which parents allow their children to move about without constant adult supervision, aimed at instilling independence and self-reliance.
Gayborhood: A neighborhood where the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people live and/or work
Ghosting: The practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship.
Health Goth: A fitness enthusiast who is part of the goth subculture.
Hot-Take: A superficially researched and hastily written journalistic piece, online post, etc. that presents opinions as facts and is often moralistic.
Jokative: Causing laughter.
Lamestream: Noting or relating to traditional print and broadcast media, when regarded as lacking the fairness, creativity, etc., of independent online news sources.
Long-Form: Noting or relating to types of print or visual media content characterized by in-depth, lengthy narratives.
Lumbersexual: A man whose style of dress and appearance is reminiscent of the ruggedly masculine stereotype of the lumberjack.
Manspread: To sit with one’s legs far apart, taking up too much space on a seat shared with other people.
Mantrum: A man experiencing a tantrum.
Misophonia: An annoyance or anger by the sound of someone eating.
Mom Jeans: defined as unstylish women’s jeans.
NBD: Acronym for no big deal.
Niblings: A person’s nieces and nephews.
Panromantic: Noting or relating to a person who is romantically attracted to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Pokemon: A media franchise including video games, animated television series, movies, card games, etc. that depict a fictional class of pet monsters and their trainers.
Presstitute: A journalist or media source whose news coverage is considered to be inappropriately influenced by business interests, political motives, etc.
Prospiracy: A secret plan to do something beneficial for another person or group of people.
Qualitatious: Of good quality.
Shooista: A person very passionate about shoes.
Silent Generation: The generation born from the mid-1920s to the early 1940s.
Sillerious: Silly and serious.
Smellucination: An olfactory hallucination — the perception of a smell when there is no source for that smell.
Trainwreck: A person who has experienced a personal failure, disaster, etc.
Workstream: An area focus within a project.
Zika Virus: A chiefly mosquito-borne virus of the genus Flavivirus that causes Zika, a mild illness.
The list of new words throughout 2016 will continue growing for Merriam-Webster as the year continues.
The Open Dictionary on Merriam-Webster’s website is interested in what users have to contribute. On another page of its site, the 10 Top User Submitted Words of Volume I were revealed.
Aughties: The years 2000 through 2009.
Bankster: A bank executive who engages in reckless or predatory financial practices.
Celebrichef: Chef for a celebrity.
Cyberjack: To alter or use electronic information without permission (as for identity theft).
Glitten: A fingerless glove usually with an attached flap covering for the fingers.
Jockumentary: A documentary about the topic of sports or a sports athlete.
Snain: A mixture of snow and rain.
Unshop: To return unpurchased merchandise to the shelf while shopping.
Webliography: A list of references gathered from internet sites.
Whale Tail: Exposed waistband of thong underwear.
Merriam-Webster tweeted a report by USA Today that states people are expanding their word usage, thanks to the 2016 election year in American politics — especially Donald Trump. The report states Merriam-Webster saw a 4,000 percent spike in website traffic for two days after Donald Trump used the word “disavow” in denouncing the endorsement of former KKK leader David Duke in his presidential campaign. The word joined the top 1 percent of look-ups on the site.
“Disavow” means “to refuse to acknowledge or accept.” It also means to “deny responsibility for” and is another way of using the word “repudiate.”
A new study released by Merriam-Webster revealed that 41 percent of the words researched during the presidential campaign were Trump-related. Among the top-trending words were the terms “tycoon,” “pussyfoot,” and, “schlong.”
For Hillary Clinton’s part, she accounts for 11 percent of the vocabulary look-ups for words in 2016 on Merriam-Webster. Among the words users have looked up after Clinton’s rallies and speeches, “evitable,” “litmus test,” and “redact” have spiked interest. These terms were presumably referencing emails she’s being investigated for.
President Obama is behind the 15 percent of the top words in 2016 so far. That includes “cudgel” — thought to refer to the White House’s recent complaint that some people were trying to use the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as a “political cudgel.”
A “cudgel’ is defined as a “short heavy club.”
There will be a large volume of interesting words for 2016 that will come out by the end of the year.