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Merriam-Webster adds over 300 new words to dictionary

Merriam-Webster just added 370 new words and phrases to its dictionary.

Thee are words that have existed, they were just not in the official dictionary. Many we’ve heard a lot over the last couple years, and many we’ve heard a lot just over the the past few months.

Some of the new words/phrases that are very common now. Parents, listen up!

1.  Side hustle:  work performed for income supplementary to one’s primary job (extra income!)

2.  Metaverse:  a persistent virtual environment that allows access to and interoperability of multiple individual virtual realities (huh?)

3.  Laggy:  having a delayed or slow response (like your 10 years old desktop computer)

4.  Space force: the military organization of a nation for space warfare (the space service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.)

5.  Yeet:  slang used to express surprise, approval, or excited enthusiasm

6.  Video doorbell:  a small security camera that is designed for use on an exterior door

7.  Magnet fishing:  the sport or hobby of using a strong magnet attached to the end of a rope to find metal objects in bodies of water

8.  Janky:  of very poor quality

9.  Sus:  slang for suspicious or suspect

10.  Subvariant:  one of two or more distinctive forms or types of the same variant.  (A few more pandemic words that got added are “supply chain,” “booster dose,” “false positive,” and “false negative.”)

11.  LARP:  It stands for live-action role-playing

12.  Galentine’s Day:  a holiday observed on February 13th as a time to celebrate friendships, especially among women

13.  Plant-based:  consisting primarily or entirely of food derived from plants

14.  Baller:  excellent, exciting, or extraordinary, especially in a way that’s suggestive of a lavish lifestyle

15.  Adorkable:  socially awkward or quirky in a way that is endearing.

If you’d like to see all of the new words, have at it right here.


Now here are some words/phrases we might want to retire, since they’re just not being used often enough.




Crypto millionaire.



Will Smith fan.


Nickleback (I kid…)


-Carla Rea


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