Translating your 16-year-old cousin's Facebook statuses just got a lot easier. In the age of the internet, it seems that practically every day there is a new word added to the already incredibly vast English language. Although it's quite fun to watch our language change and evolve at what seems like the speed of light, it also can be quite difficult to keep up.
New technologies have led the charge in the creation of new words to describe things that didn't even exist ten years ago, like "vaping" or "wearables." Texting has gifted us with hundreds of abbreviations that often need a dictionary to unravel. Plus there's always the typical teenage slang that enters the English lexicon every new generation.
Thankfully, online dictionaries have got us covered, thanks to their ability to frequently update with the new words that populate our world. This week Dictionary.com added 150 new entries to their online volumes, including definitions for "On Fleek" and "Drunk Text."
Here's a selection of a few of the new words that were added to Dictionary.com this week.
- Bestie: Informal. a person’s best friend.
- Drunk Text: to send a text message to someone while intoxicated.
- Facepalm: the gesture of placing the palm of one’s hand across the face, as to express embarrassment, frustration, disbelief, etc. (often used as an interjection).
- Fleek: Slang. flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.
- Matchy-matchy: Informal. (of an outfit, décor, etc.) having colors or patterns that match or harmonize too closely.
- Sapiosexual: a person who finds intelligence to be a sexually attractive quality in others.
- TBH: to be honest.
- Yaaas: Slang. Yes! (used as a strong expression of excitement, approval, agreement, etc.)