Chefs Kiss! Merriam-Webster Added Gen-Z Approved Words to Their Dictionary

Get ready, girlboss! Merriam-Webster has announced hundreds of new words to their dictionary and some might be in your everyday vocabulary.

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Big news in the world of words; Springfield, MA’s own Merriam-Webster has added 690 new words to their dictionary. On their website, they state that”

Signs of a healthy language include words being created, words being borrowed from other languages, and new meanings being given to existing words. Based on our most recent research, we are pleased to inform you that English is very (very!) healthy.


I am happy to learn that English is advancing as a “healthy” language. When you use slang words or pick up specific words from where you live, you’d never think they’d end up in the dictionary. Well, I am here to debunk that theory because Merriam-Webster added words I never thought would see the pages of a dictionary! Let’s dive in.

Now here are some surprising slang words that made me laugh because I find them in my own vocabulary, and yet they have made it into a real dictionary.

bingo card (noun): a list of possible, expected, or likely scenarios

bussin’ (adj): extremely good, excellent, delicious

GOATED (adj): considered to be the greatest of all time

mid (adj): neither very good nor very bad; so-so

ngl (abbreviation): not gonna lie

someone sitting with books and writing in a notebook

padawan (noun): a young person, especially when regarded as naive, inexperienced

rizz (noun): romantic appeal or charm

simp (verb): to show excessive devotion to or longing for someone or something

TFW (abbreviation): that feeling when

TTYL (abbreviation): talk to you later

If that didn’t surprise you enough, here are some more you will find in this recent update.

beast mode (noun): an extremely aggressive or energetic style or manner that someone (such as an athlete) adopts temporarily (to overpower an opponent in a fight or competition)

Chef’s kiss (noun): a gesture of satisfaction or approval made by kissing the fingertips of one hand and then spreading the fingers with an outward motion –– often used interjectionally

edgelord (noun): someone who makes wildly dark and exaggerated statements (as on an internet forum) with the intent of shocking others

finsta (noun): a secret or incognito account on the Instagram photo-sharing service

forever chemical (noun): a toxic substance and especially a synthetic chemical (as of the per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances group) that persists and accumulates in the environment — not used technically

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

‘grammable (adj): suitable to be posted on the Instagram photo-sharing service (Instagrammable)

open books with their pages on display

jollof rice (noun): a West African dish of rice cooked in a sauce of tomatoes and onions seasoned usually with garlic, thyme, hot pepper, and other spices and often accompanied by meat, fish, or vegetables

jorts (noun): shorts made of denim or jean

jump scare (noun): a scripted moment (as in a film or video game) intended to startle the audience

non-player character (noun): NPC; a: character in a video game that does not represent and cannot be manipulated by a player b: a character in a role-playing board game, card game, or life-action game that is controlled or performed by an organizer, facilitator, or supporting participant

smashburger (noun): 1: a hamburger patty that is pressed thin onto a heated pan or griddle at the start of cooking; also: a patty (as of beans or ground turkey) prepared similarly 2: a sandwich featuring one or more such patties

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

tiny house (noun): a small house or mobile home that typically has a floor plan of less than 500 square feet and this is usually designed for ergonomics and space efficiency

There are a lot more where those came from, so be sure to go to the Merriam-Webster website and check it out!

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