Merriam-Webster just yeeted a bunch of internet slang into the dictionary

Language purists need to get really cool with Internet buzzwords and slang that those “damn kids” come up with really quickly, because Merriam-Webster has legitimized a lot by including them in his dictionary. The addition of “Metaverse” comes as no surprise given that companies like Facebook have recently focused entirely on the virtual environment in meatspace. Yes, “meatspace” is a term now used to describe physical space and surroundings. “Altcoin” was also added to describe alternatives to established cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

People have been saying “laggy” and “pwn” for a very, very long time, but now these words have their own pages on the dictionary website. And anyone who wants to tell someone on the Internet that they are doing something “virtue signaling” or “greenwashing” can now simply link them to these terms.

If the game Between us has grown in popularity, as has the slang “sus,” meaning suspicious or suspicious, so it’s no secret why Merriam-Webster officially recognized it. The word “lewk”, as in fashion looks, is now officially a word too. We hope no one “twitches” or “yes” whatever they’re holding, but “adorkable” has also been added to the dictionary. (Yep, “cringe” and “yeet” get their own dictionary entries, too.)

The list of new words includes additions that make it clear how these past few years have gone for everyone. “Booster dose,” which has become a common phrase due to the pandemic, is getting its own Merriam Webster page, as are “false positive” and “false negative” lab test results. The words “shrinkflation,” the practice of reducing the quantity or volume of a product while offering it at the same price, and “side hustle” are also part of the list and will serve as reminders of the state of the economy for years to come serve 2022.

Merriam-Webster posted the full list of new words on its website, which also includes some delicious entries like “pumpkin spice” and “birria.”

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