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Earlier this week, Dictonary.com updated its digital definition archive to include more slang terms and secondary usages for already common words.
New entries include several definitions for “basic” that reflect the word's newfound usage as an insult.
Using the word “basic” to describe a boring, unoriginal person isn't exactly new: It was popularized in 2012, thanks to female rapper Kreayshawn's hit single “Gucci Gucci.” In the song, she pokes fun at “basic bitches” and their obsessions with trends and mainstream culture.
Jane Solomon, a lexicographer at Dictionary.com, explains,
While the definition's official entry in the Dictionary.com archives does serve to legitimize the word, it should be noted the site's admission guidelines are far looser than printed dictionary's, simply because online space is far from limited.
It's unlikely the new definitions for “basic” will ever grace the pages of a printed dictionary -- fitting, considering the word's digital roots.