Dictionary Website Adds Over 300 Words and Phrases for 2019

By April 5, 2019 Language, News

Dictionary.com is the go-to website for many internet users in search of English definitions, synonyms, word origins, slang phrases, idioms, abbreviations, and much more.

2019 has been a busy year for the site so far with over 300 new definitions being added thanks to an increase in online slang and a rise in social and political debate on social media. Some may moan about ‘identity culture’ causing devision, however many more find the new language created around gender and sexuality to be empowering and inclusive. One such word added to Dictionary.com is ‘aromantic’, meaning: “a person who is free from romantic attraction to anyone or free from the desire for romantic love.” For those who would identify as ‘aromantic’ this addition to the dictionary is a validating and positive experience.

We have chosen a selection of our favourite additions below, but visit the dictionary website for the full list of new and popular words and phrases for 2019.

Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism was originally coined in 1993 by author and critic Mark Dery in his essay ‘Black to the Future’ but has had a resurgence in popularity thanks  to the epic Marvel movie Black Panther. It refers to the cultural movement expressed through art, cinema, theatre, and fashion “that uses the frame of science fiction and fantasy to reimagine the history of the African diaspora and to invoke a vision of a technically advanced and generally hopeful future in which black people thrive.”

Toxic Masculinity

Toxic Masculinity is a controversial phrase as it is often misunderstood. The phrase does not accuse masculinity of being inherently toxic but does seek to shine a light on the type of masculinity that is oppressive and dangerous for all genders. The phrase intentionally uses the word ‘toxic’ to distinguish between an individual’s concept of their own masculinity and the socially-ascribed norms that try to box men in to one specific type of ‘manliness’. The definition defines toxic masculinity as “a cultural concept of manliness that glorifies stoicism, strength, virility, and dominance, and that is socially maladaptive or harmful to mental health”

Shitposting

Shitposting  is, very simply, a form of online trolling where someone “posts off-topic, false, or offensive contributions to an online forum with the intent to derail the discussions or provoke other participants.”

It may seem a little vulgar but if you have ever seen shitposting in person you will realise it is a perfect description of what is essentially a shitty post.

Thirst Trap

Thirst Trap is a phrase used on social media to describe a post, in particular a selfie, intended to gain sexual attention or positive feedback. It started as a purely sexual definition and soon evolved into any post meant specifically to attract positive attention, such as cute animals.

Womp Womp

Womp Womp is a great way of ending a Dad Joke (another addition to Dictionary.com this year). The cheeky phrase is used to dismiss or mock someone’s failure or loss and was first recorded in 2005. The slang phrase is meant to imitate a trombone noise just like we may hear on a TV game show.

Reading to your kids can boost their vocabulary by over a million words!

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Reading aloud to your child can help boost their vocabulary by 1.4 million words according to a study.

A study from the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics says parents who read to their children are not only strengthening their bond but also increasing their chances at school. The study shows that kids who are read one short book a day enter their first school years hearing almost 300,000 more words than those whose parents didn’t read to them at all. Of course when parents read more than one book the number increases again; five books per day increases their vocabulary by 1.4 million words!

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Literary puns guaranteed to make you groan and giggle

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Puns can make you giggle or they can make you groan… Or both!

The best kind of puns are the ones you don’t see coming, that hit you upside the head with their quick wit and frustratingly clever word play. We are suckers for playful language here at For Reading Addicts, and to be honest even a simple pun can lighten the mood.

Check out some of the best literary puns we have come across on the world wide web- some more groan-worthy than others!

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Dictionary Website Adds Over 300 Words and Phrases for 2019

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Dictionary.com is the go-to website for many internet users in search of English definitions, synonyms, word origins, slang phrases, idioms, abbreviations, and much more.

2019 has been a busy year for the site so far with over 300 new definitions being added thanks to an increase in online slang and a rise in social and political debate on social media. Some may moan about ‘identity culture’ causing devision, however many more find the new language created around gender and sexuality to be empowering and inclusive. One such word added to Dictionary.com is ‘aromantic’, meaning: “a person who is free from romantic attraction to anyone or free from the desire for romantic love.” For those who would identify as ‘aromantic’ this addition to the dictionary is a validating and positive experience.

We have chosen a selection of our favourite additions below, but visit the dictionary website for the full list of new and popular words and phrases for 2019.

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Commonly misspelled words in the USA according to GoogleTrends

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To celebrate the ‘Scripps US National Spelling Bee‘, the brain boxes over at GoogleTrends have created a map of the United States to show which state searched for the spelling of commonly misspelled words.

Among the most commonly misspelled were “niece,” “cancelled,” “desert”, and “beautiful.” And then there is the state of Massachusetts, whose most Googled request was for the spelling of their own state… Awkward.

Check our the map below!

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French writers insulted by ‘growing attack’ on French language

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French writers have expressed their distaste at the increasing prevalence of English words unnecessarily invading the French language.

A French book fair ‘Scène Young Adult’ at the Salon du Livre in Paris has drawn the ire of French authors, who say that replacing French words with English is “unbearable act of cultural delinquency”. Scene YA signs and displays read “Le Live”, “Bookroom”, “photobooth” and “bookquizz”, described as “sub-English knowns as globish”.

Well known writers such as Leïla Slimani, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Muriel Barbery and Catherine Millet all took great offence at English infiltrating their literary space and wrote an open letter published in Le Monde expressing their disappointment.

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‘Gammon’ and ‘Vegan’ are among Collins Dictionary Words of 2018

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Gammon has been named Collins dictionary’s Word of the Year 2018 along with a small list of others.

Other words of 2018 include Vegan, MeToo, and Gaslight- a real reflection of the direction 2018 has taken. Many of this year’s most used, newest, and redefined words are coming from the left side of the political spectrum. As a reaction against ingrained cultural sexism, institutional racism and xenophobia, words like gammon or whitewash have been on the rise.

Some may find the word ‘gammon’ offensive, and they are entitled to express their distaste, however the word is only truly offensive to those who the word is aimed at. The word first came about when a pattern emerged on BBC’s Question Time. It became apparent that older white men became quite pink in the face while ranting about ‘bloody foreigners’, ‘Brexit’, and the EU. It is not, despite many wannabe victims insisting it so, racist.

The full list of Collins Dictionary’s Words of the Year 2018 are below.

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