Many dictionaries are reinventing themselves for the digital age. But in a time of selfies, twerking, and phrases like "on fleek," what does a modern dictionary look like? And with autocorrect and spellcheck, is proper spelling a fading art form?
Other top-searched words include "oligarch" and "omicron."
'Fauxhawk,' a haircut similar to a Mohawk, is potentially the highest scoring new word allowed in the classic board game.
A man enraged over dictionary definitions of gender terms faces up to five years in prison for threats that caused Merriam-Webster to shut its offices for five days.
The man was accused of posting anti-trans messages and making violent threats in comments under the dictionary website’s definition for “female.”
Lookups for “vaccine” increased 601% over 2020. It was also extremely high every day in 2021, the publishing company said.
Merriam-Webster announced the newly added words on its website, saying “Just as the language never stops evolving, the dictionary never stops expanding.”
"Well, now it's official," tweeted Kamala Harris' husband, the first second gentleman the U.S. has ever had.
"It's probably the word by which we'll refer to this period in the future,” the dictionary's editor at large said.
According to the dictionary publisher, "stand back" means to take a few steps backward while "stand by" means to be or to get ready to act.