Springfield's Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds New Words

The wordies at Springfield's Merriam-Webster have decided to embiggen their online dictionary, Merriam-Webster.com.

It's a move they hope doesn't turn into a Dumpster fire of online angst!

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Merriam-Webster added 850 new words to its dictionary, according to a news release issued Monday. "In order for a word to be added to the dictionary it must have widespread, sustained and meaningful use," said Emily Brewster, associate editor. "These new words have been added to the dictionary because they have become established members of the English language and are terms people are likely to encounter."

New words, which are now also legal for Scrabble players, include terms from the new world of computer-generated money:  blockchain, "a digital database containing information (such as records of financial transactions) that can be simultaneously used and shared within a large decentralized, publicly accessible network," as well as cryptocurrency and the related initial coin offering, embiggen is just what it sounds like -- to make something bigger, to enlarge it. and dumpsterfire is a total disaster and plays on the popular, and trademarked, brand of trash bins.

Also new is silver alert, "a widely publicized bulletin that alerts the public when an elderly person or a person with a cognitive disability goes missing." 

I now have some new ammo for "Words with Friends"......you've been warned!!! 

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