It's 2017, and the words we use in conversation on a day-to-day basis are anything but ordinary.
Whether you're talking to a friend about someone who sexted you or complaining about how hangry you are before lunchtime, you're using words that aren't exactly real.
That is... until now.
It's been reported 300 new words have been added to Dictionary.com — many of which are bizarre — and you'll be pleased to know you use most of them on reg.
Dictionary.com announced its new entries and gave examples of what lexicographers decided to add.
(FYI, a lexicographer is someone who crafts, compiles, writes and edits a dictionary.)
One lexicographer in particular, Jane Solomon, talked to CNN about the intense process of choosing new words — and let's just say she slays.
(Yes, "slay" was added to the dictionary. Thanks, Bey.)
Solomon said there's two main ways lexicographers find new words, and believe it or not, you're helping them mold the dictionary with every search you make and word you write.
She said new words are created through "corpus research," which is essentially studying texts and sources and looking for patterns.
Another way of discovering new words is by looking up data and seeing which words people have searched on Dictionary.com that don't have a definition yet.
She commented on the process to CNN and said,
It takes a lot of time and effort and thought, so as a lexicographer, we give every word the same amount of respect and attention and care.
Thanks to lexicographers like Solomon, we can now use words like "bitchface," "sext," and "dad bod" without remorse.
Here are 27 of the weirdest words that've been added to Dictionary.com:
- cat café
- cheat day
- cold brew
- dad bod
- man bun
- mic drop
- stochastic terrorism
- struggle bus
- teachable moment
- throw shade
- uncanny valley
Pretty cool, right?
Now, no one can throw shade when you use these terms in conversation on the reg.
Can I get a mic drop?
Citations: Hangry, sext, alt-right: Dictionary.com adds 300 new words (CNN), Rise of the hipster continues: Dictionary.com adds 300 new words including 'cold brew', 'man bun' and 'superfood' (Daily Mail), From Headlines to Hollywood to Hangry: New Words in the Dictionary (Dictionary.com)