Dictionary.com just added 566 new words and terms, including a few you maybe haven’t heard yet.
To make it in, each one has to be a term being “used by a lot of people” . . . it has to be “useful for a general audience” . . . and they only add words they think are “likely to stick around.” Here are a few highlights . . .
1. Coffee nap: A short nap, usually 15 to 30 minutes, taken immediately after a cup of coffee. People claim you wake up feeling super-energized.
2. Blursday: A day not easily distinguished from other days, or the phenomenon of days running together.
3. Nepo baby: A celebrity with a parent who is also famous, especially one whose industry connections are perceived as essential to their success.
4. Shower orange: An orange that is peeled and eaten in a steamy shower. People claim it’s soothing.
5. Decision fatigue: Mental and emotional exhaustion from constantly having to make decisions.
6. Jawn: A filler word used by people in Philadelphia when they can’t think of the name of something. Like, “Hey, can you hand me that jawn right there?”
7. Jugging: When a criminal waits near a store or ATM to rob you.
8. Bloatware: Unwanted software that comes preinstalled on a new device.
9. Atmospheric river: A long, narrow corridor that transports massive amounts of water vapor from the tropics.
10. GPT: As in “ChatGPT”. It stands for “generative pre-trained transformer.”
11. Sportswashing: Mitigating negative press coverage through sports. Like Saudi Arabia and the LIV Golf tour.
12. Snite: To wipe snot from your nose with your thumb or finger. It’s a British term.
13. Godwin’s Law: The idea that if an internet debate goes on long enough, someone will eventually compare someone else to Hitler.
14. Mountweazel: A decoy entry in a website that’s secretly planted to catch other sites stealing content. (Like a lyrics website posting incorrect lyrics on purpose, to catch other lyrics sites that just hit copy/paste.)
15. Autosexual and autoromantic: People who primarily feel sexual attraction or romantic feelings toward themselves, not other people.