Some “buzzy” over new words being entered into the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Buzzy (causing or characterized by a lot of speculative or excited talk or attention) is just one of the 640 new words being added to the English dictionary.
“There are always new things to be named and new uses for existing words to be explained.” according to Merriam-Webster. “A release of new words is also a map of the workings of a dictionary—you get to see what we’ve been up to—and of how words from different contexts come to reside in the same place.”
The last time a batch of new words was entered into the dictionary was September; 840 new words were added then.
New words include:
- Snowflake: Now used to mean both “someone regarded or treated as unique or special” and “someone who is overly sensitive.”
- Purple: Extending the blending of red and blue to the metaphorical level, purple can now refer to geographical areas where voters are split between Democrats and Republicans.
- Tailwind and headwind: These words are now often used figuratively to refer to a force or influence that either helps or hinders progress.
- Peak: Metaphorically extended to mean “being at the height of popularity, use, or attention,” as in “peak television” (or maybe “peak word nerd”).
- Goldilocks: Even a fairy tale can become a metaphor, and this new colorful definition, referring to the character whose preferred porridge is neither too hot nor too cold, has inspired astronomers to use it to describe “an area of planetary orbit in which temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold to support life.”
- Page view: an instance of a user viewing an individual page on a website.
- On-brand: typical of a particular brand or public image or identity.
- Garbage time: the final moments or minutes of a game in which one side has an insurmountable lead.
- Go-cup: a plastic or paper cup used especially for taking a beverage off the premises of a bar, restaurant, etc.
- Screen time: This first referred to the amount of time someone appeared in front of a camera in a movie (a use dating back to the golden age of Hollywood) and now referring to time spent in front of a screen.
- Qubit: the unit of information in a computational model based on the unstable qualities of quantum mechanics, a blend of quantum and bit (as in a unit of digital information).
- Geosmin: From the science of smell, this word names a chemical element in the recognizable odor of recent rainfall called petrichor.
- Bioabsorbable: capable of being absorbed by living tissue.
- Traumatology: the study, diagnosis, and treatment severe, acute physical injuries of wounds and injuries sustained by individuals requiring immediate medical attention.
- Salutogenesis: A newer way of thinking about health, salutogenesis is a manner of monitoring health by promoting well-being rather than measuring disease.
- Gender nonconforming: exhibiting behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits that do not correspond with the traits typically associated with one’s sex.
- Top surgery: a type of gender confirmation surgery in which a person’s breasts are removed or augmented to match their gender identity.
- Bottom surgery: a type of gender confirmation surgery in which a person’s genitalia are altered to match their gender identity.
Check out more on the Merriam-Webster Dictionary website.