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Dictionary.com adds 300 words, including 'hangry,' 'slay,' 'alt-right'

By Andrew V. Pestano
Dictionary.com added more than 300 new words to its online database, including mic drop, man bun and hangry. Your auto-correct will likely not be able to catch up. File Photo by stevepb/Pixabay
Dictionary.com added more than 300 new words to its online database, including mic drop, man bun and hangry. Your auto-correct will likely not be able to catch up. File Photo by stevepb/Pixabay

April 4 (UPI) -- Dictionary.com has added more than 300 new words and definitions to its online database reflecting everything from news to pop culture, which brought these words out of the darkness of the struggle bus and into the victorious expression of dabbing.

"Once again, many new words came straight from the headlines, from Black Lives Matter and Burkini to alt-right and clicktivism," Dictionary.com said in a statement. "Some words like 420 and Kush reflect broader acceptance of marijuana use and culture, as it's becoming medically and recreationally legal across the country."

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Dictionary.com also included slang terms, including slay and smackdown. The updates by Dictionary.com come after Merriam-Webster added more than 1,000 new words to its dictionary in February.

Dictionary.com lexicographer Jane Solomon told CNN that choosing new words is an intense and involved process. She also said language purist disappointed in their perceived decline of their language could learn from "a teachable moment."

"Many people who have that opinion believe that English stopped changing right before they were born, and that is simply not how the language works. It's continually evolving," Solomon said. "Is this word or that word too new or too slang? No. There's not just one correct English. Standard English -- the register of English used in school and work, is not the only correct English. As a lexicographer, I do not define how the language is used, the speakers do. And if speakers are using a certain set of words, then that is correct English."

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New words include:

• alt-right

• cat café

• cheat day

• cold brew

• dad bod

• friendiversary

• hangry

• K-pop

• lightsaber

• man bun

• mic drop

• petrichor

• sext

• slay

• smackdown

• stochastic terrorism

• superfood

• teachable moment

• uncanny valley

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