‘Mansplain,’ ‘Dumpster Fire’ and ‘Cryptocurrency’ Among 850 New Words Added to Dictionary

Merriam-Webster.com also now has official definitions for “glamping,” “chiweenie” and “kombucha”

Merriam-Webster adds 250 new words

Mansplain: to explain something to a woman in a condescending way that assumes she has no knowledge about the topic.

That’s just one of 850 new words and definitions Merriam-Webster has added to its dictionary. Joining it are “dumpster fire,” “cryptocurrency,” “glamping” and “chiweenie,” among many others.

“In order for a word to be added to the dictionary it must have widespread, sustained, and meaningful use,” said Emily Brewster, associate editor at Merriam-Webster. “These new words have been added to the dictionary because they have become established members of the English language, and are terms people are likely to encounter.”

“The one constant of a vibrant living language is change, and English has never been more alive than it is today,” added Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster. “In this age of fast communication, and technological and scientific advances, we continuously encounter new ways of describing the world around us–and the dictionary is a record of these changes.”

See a larger selection of new words and their definitions here.