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Merriam-Webster dictionary adds 455 new words incl. ‘Fluffernutter,’ ‘dad bod’

Just as the language never stops evolving, the dictionary never stops expanding.

“Fluffernutter” and “dad bod” are among the new words and definitions added, dictionary editors announced on Wednesday.

“New terms and new uses for existing terms are the constant in a living language, and our latest list brings together both new and likely familiar words that have shown extensive and established use.”

Several new food-related words were added, such as “fluffernutter,” a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow crème, and “goetta,” meat mixed with oats, onions, and spices.

New words related to tech and science include “bit rat,” the tendency for digital information to degrade or become unusable over time, and “copypasta,” data that has been copied and spread widely online.

When it comes to politics, the organization said, “terms of blame and deception are notable in this batch of terminology.” 

“Whataboutism” meaning the act or practice of responding to an accusation of wrongdoing by claiming that an offense committed by another is similar or worse was added, along with “vote-a-rama,” an unusually large number of debates and votes that happen in one day.

And, of course, several coronavirus-related words were added including “super-spreader,” an event or location at which a significant number of people contract that same communicable disease, and “vaccine passport,” a physical or digital document providing proof of vaccination.

For a full list of words added, click here  

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