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Words That Have Been Added To The Dictionary in 2018

Dictionaries are an important part of every language. And as language and the world evolves, the need to create new words happen time and again. Merriam-Webster, a company known for its multitude of reference books, added a substantial amount of new words to the pages of its dictionary.

Thanks to Merriam-Webster, here’s a list of words you probably didn’t ever see inside a dictionary:

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1. Glamping

If you are not familiar with camping, it involved spending a night out in the wilderness under the protection of a ‘tent (portable shelter). Your bed was nothing more than a sleeping bag and a pillow, had you hindsight to pack one.

Glamping, as it is called, is a little less… tough. When you go glamping, you usually enjoy the luxury of things beds, electricity, and indoor plumbing.

Seriously? With all that, you aren’t camping. You’re living in a tiny home.

2. Bingeable

We all have those shows that we just cannot get enough of. And when either Netflix or Hulu has entire seasons of them, why not put your feet up and ‘binge’ the whole series from start to finish?

Bingeable is adjective defined in the pages of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as “having multiple episodes or parts that can be watched in rapid succession.”

Breaking Bad is one series that comes to mind when I read the word bingeable.


The goat that most people are familiar with is the farm animal famous for eating garbage. GOAT is actually an acronym. A shortened version of the phrase “greatest of all time,” the word has been used to describe athletes LeBron James, Serena Williams, and Tom Brady in their respective sports.

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It is also not a label given lightly, many people playing for decades long before they are ever honored with the moniker.

4. Dumpster Fire

The two words put together bring to mind terrible smells that no one should ever be subjected to. But this is a word that was typically used to describe particular events or perhaps the way a person’s personal or romantic life was going.

Merriam-Webster describes it as “an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation.” A 2008 post on the “Scholars and Rogues” blog was the earliest reference anyone could find of the word.

Dumpster Fire is an apt description for the relationship between the Allies and the Nazi Regime during World War II.

5. Dark Chocolate

For any lover of confection, this is a pretty big step in the history of chocolate itself. According to Merriam-Webster it is “chocolate that is dark in color and contains high percentage cocoa and cocoa butter, usually no milk, and varying amounts of sugar.”

Some of us might be surprised this wasn’t already a word in someone’s dictionary.

6. Haptics

Haptic feedback is a relatively recent invention, having been created in just the last decade. Haptics, though, is defined as “the use of electronically or mechanically generated movement that a user experiences through the sense of touch as part of an interface (such as on a gaming console or smartphone).”

7. Rando

A variation on the word ‘random,’ the official definition is “a random person: a person who is not known or recognizable or whose appearance (as in a conversation or narrative) seems unprompted or unwelcome.”

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Most people who are into online multiplayer games will often refer to strangers in games as “randos.”

8. Airplane Mode

A great way to avoid those pesky non-stop spam calls, it is “an operating mode for an electronic device (such as a mobile phone) in which the device does not connect to wireless networks and cannot send or receive communications (such as calls or text messages) or access the Internet but remains usable for other functions.”

9. Biohacking

This word has been used a lot recently. It references “biological experimentation (as by gene editing or the use of drugs or implants) done to improve the qualities or capabilities of living organisms especially by individuals and groups outside of a traditional medical or scientific research environment.”

10. Force Quit

It is genuinely surprising that this was not already in the dictionary. “To force (an unresponsive computer program) to shut down (as by using a series of preset keystrokes).”

These are just ten of Merriam-Webster’s newly added words. Feel free to surf social media and check on their dictionary website to see if terms you come across have already been put in.

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