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Posted: March 06, 2018

Merriam-Webster adds 850 new words to dictionary, including 'dumpster fire'

SPRINGFIELD, MA - SEPTEMBER 23: In this handout image provided by Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and mobile website are displayed September 23, 2016 in Springfield, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Joanne K. Watson/Merriam-Webster via Getty Images)
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SPRINGFIELD, MA - SEPTEMBER 23: In this handout image provided by Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and mobile website are displayed September 23, 2016 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Joanne K. Watson/Merriam-Webster via Getty Images)

By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Merriam-Webster announced this week the addition of 850 words to its online dictionary. 

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In a news release about the dictionary update, Merriam-Webster said the new terms come from a "cross-section of our linguistic culture." The new words include "chiweenie," "cryptocurrency," "mansplain" and "dumpster fire."

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Foodies will enjoy the additions of words related to international cuisine, including "harissa," a spicy North African paste and "kabocha," a Japanese winter squash.

In a nod to text messaging and other forms of electronic speech, Merriam-Webster is including word approximations such as "hmm," "ooh" and "welp." 


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