Words are our solace, and our favorite hiding place is between the pages of a book. However, while words may be one of our largest sources of comfort during uncertain times, there's one word in particular that we're sick and tired of hearing, both literally and figuratively. "Pandemic" is Merriam-Webster's and Dictionary.com's word of the year.
‘Embiggen,’ a word which debuted on an episode of cartoon The Simpsons in 1996, has been officially added to the US Dictionary. Isn’t that nice.
In a sweep of 850 new words, Merriam-Webster has announced that ’embiggen’ has been added to the dictionary. The word, though first appearing in The Simpsons, has been made popular by the show Ms. Marvel, and means to “make bigger or more expansive.” Ms. Marvel has the power to ’embiggen’ herself.
The motto of the town in which the Simpson family reside, Springfield, is “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”
A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) March 5, 2018
The creators of Ms. Marvel are thrilled with the news.
VOCABULARY: EMBIGGEN! ??
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) March 5, 2018
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Just as people come and go in the great circle of life, language also leaves and enters existence with dizzying frequency. Recognizing this great truth, the enterprising employees at Merriam-Webster have created a new web feature, “Time Traveler.” The feature allows users to see what words were added to the dictionary the year of their birth or any other time. These were some of the highlights from my birth year:
- dark energy
- social networking
I love two of these words. Which two words, you ask? That I will never tell.
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For reference, the words added to this past year’s edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary include “listicle,” “binge-watch,” and “humblebrag.” Good luck, 2017 babies!
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