Long before Google, The Meriam-Webster Dictionary has been the gold standard for learning the spelling and meaning of words.  They've been around since 1831 and continue to be a go-to source for information..."You can look it up!"

Each year, they put out a list of words that have been added to their dictionary.  This is kind of a way that words become officially accepted.

It seems like every year, there are some words that make me feel old.  I ask, "Is that really a word?"

This year is no different.  Here's a sampling of some of the 690 words that have been officially welcomed to the American lexicon.

simp verb, informal: to show excessive devotion to or longing for someone or something.

smishing noun : the practice of sending text messages to someone in order to trick the person into revealing personal or confidential information which can then be used for criminal purposes.

jorts plural noun : shorts made of denim or jean : jean shorts.

thirst trap noun : a photograph (such as a selfie) or video shared for the purpose of attracting attention or desire; also : someone or something that attracts attention or strong desire.

doomscroll verb : to spend excessive time online scrolling (see scroll entry 2) through news or other content that makes one feel sad, anxious, angry, etc.

girlboss noun : an ambitious and successful woman (especially a businesswoman or entrepreneur).

zhuzh noun: a small improvement, adjustment, or addition that completes the overall look, taste, etc. of something; verb: to improve in flavor or appearance by way of a small improvement, adjustment, or addition — often used with up.

We’ve updated the Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary with 690 New Words | Merriam-Webster

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