Some words or phrases are now recognized as "words"

These days it seems new words are popping up every day, that it may be hard to keep track of what some of them mean, but Dictionary.com is here to help. The site has just added 300 new words and definitions to their catalog, which include political terms, pop culture terms and more.

Among some of the latest additions:

  • alt-right - a political movement originating on social media and online forums, composed of a segment of conservatives who support extreme right-wing ideologies, including white nationalism and anti-Semitism
  • bitchface - slang; a facial expression that does not consciously express a particular emotion but that others perceive as scowling, threatening, etc
  • cheat day - a day in which a person goes off a dietary regimen
  • Clicktivism - the use of the Internet to organize and promote political or social causes and movements, as through postings on social media, email campaigns, and online petitions
  • cold brew - the process of steeping coffee grounds or tea leaves in room-temperature or cold water for many hours, producing a concentrate to which more water may be added
  • dabbing - the act of performing a dance move that involves posing with one’s nose in the crook of a bent elbow at chest level while extending the other arm to the side at or above shoulder level, often as a celebratory posture in sports or other competitions
  • dad bod - informal; a man’s physique that is slightly overweight or flabby but still attractive
  • Friendiversary - the yearly recurrence of the date that two or more people first became friends
  • Hangry - slang; feeling irritable or irrationally angry as a result of being hungry
  • lightsaber - a type of sword, as depicted in the fictional "Star Wars" universe, with a blade made of laser energy that can both cut and burn
  • man bun - a man’s hair gathered into a bun at the back or top of the head
  • Sext - a sexually explicit digital image, text message, etc., sent to someone usually by cell phone
  • slay - slang; to strongly impress or overwhelm someone
  • 420 - slang; marijuana

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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