Dictionary.com recently added entries for 300 new words. If you are a language purist, you will shake your head at words like slay, hangry and friendiversary. For everyone else, many of the new words have been in circulation on social media and in conversations for several years. Below are some of this year’s most interesting new entries.
Clicktivism: The use of the Internet to organize and promote political or social causes and movements, as through postings on social media, email campaigns, and online petitions.
Friendiversary: The yearly recurrence of the date that two or more people first became friends.
Struggle bus: A situation, task, etc., that seems difficult or frustrating.
Slay: To strongly impress or overwhelm someone.
Throw shade: To insult, criticize, or disrespect a person or thing in an indirect, artful manner.
Smackdown: A severe rebuke or criticism
Mic drop: The act of intentionally dropping one’s microphone at the end of a speech or performance, displaying a bold confidence that it has been very impressive or cannot be topped.
Dabbing: The act of performing a dance move that involves posing with one’s nose in the crook of a bent elbow at chest level while extending the other arm to the side at or above shoulder level, often as a celebratory posture in sports or other areas.
Hangry: Feeling irritable or irrationally angry as a result of being hungry.
Superfood: A food considered exceptionally good for one’s health and for boosting the immune system owing to its naturally high content of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, or omega-3 fatty acids.
Uncanny valley: A psychological concept that describes the feelings of unease or revulsion that people tend to have toward artificial representations of human beings, as robots or computer animations, that closely imitate many but not all the features and behaviors of actual human beings.
Burkini: The proprietary name of a type of bathing suit covering the torso, limbs, and head, worn by women or girls who want to keep their bodies completely covered, especially for religious reasons.
Dad bod: A man’s physique that is slightly overweight or flabby but still attractive.
Man bun: A man’s hair gathered into a bun at the back or top of the head.