Merriam-Webster adds 2,000 words
It was someone's job to uncover the first known use of the term "wacky tobacky." Now, their work is published in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
The circa-1976 term is among some 2,000 new entries the company announced Wednesday.
In a blog post, editors say the latest additions provide a snapshot of various influences on the English language, including science, technology and fashion.
Here are a few of the new entries:
athleisure n : casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use
nomophobia n : fear of being without access to a working cell phone
waggle dance n : a series of figure-eight movements performed by a bee to indicate the direction and abundance of a distant food source
urban fantasy n : a genre of imaginative fiction featuring supernatural characters or elements in an urban setting
FOMO n : informal: fear of missing out : for of not being included in something (such as an interesting or enjoyable activity) that others are experiencing.
Possible Use: Upon reading this story, I shared a link with friends to prevent a case of FOMO.
As you let that simmer, you can also check out more new entries by clicking here.