‘Pokémon,’ ‘Zika virus’ and ‘lumbersexual’ are apparently real words now – Metro US

‘Pokémon,’ ‘Zika virus’ and ‘lumbersexual’ are apparently real words now

‘Pokémon,’ ‘Zika virus’ and ‘lumbersexual’ are apparently real
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Perhaps you’re eating “al desko” and overhear a coworker’s conversation about having to call her “deso” after getting “ghosted” by her “health goth” boyfriend last night. You might be down with the lingo or you might be sitting there holding your ham sandwich (or “sammy,” as the kids say) like, “What the what?”

For those who have already adopted this lexicon, your vocabulary has been legitimized and you can go back to swiping right. If you’re still trying to figure out what your 17-year-old means when everything she says just sounds like nonsense, Dictionary.com has added 300 new words and definitions and over 1,700 updated entries, according to the online dictionary.

“Many of the new word additions are tied to larger cultural conversations, from current political events to slang,” said Dictionary.com CEO Liz McMillan. “Whether it’s the latest health crisis or a new abbreviated word, these definitions reflect the evolving curiosity of our user base and demonstrate the extent to which consumers turn to Dictionary.com to keep pace with the latest news and popular vernacular.”

Want to be hip? Toss out those “mom jeans” and check out the list of added words and definitions as provided by Dictionary.com:

al desko: eating at one’s desk in an office

athleisure: a style of clothing inspired by athletic apparel but also worn as casual, everyday wear

butthurt: mental distress or irritation caused by an overreaction to a perceived personal slight

Daesh: a name used to refer to ISIS/ISIL, the radical Sunni Muslim organization

deso: designated driver

free-range parenting: a style of child rearing in which parents allow their children to move about without constant adult supervision, aimed at instilling independence and self-reliance

ghosting: the practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship

health goth: a fitness enthusiast who is part of the goth subculture

hijra: a person whose gender identity is neither male nor female, typically a person who was born male and dresses as a woman

hot take: a superficially researched and hastily written journalistic piece, online post, etc., that presents opinions as facts and is often moralistic

intersectionality:the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual

lamestream: noting or relating to traditional print and broadcast media, when regarded as lacking the fairness, creativity, etc., of independent online news sources

long-form: noting or relating to types of print or visual media content characterized by in-depth, lengthy narratives

lumbersexual: a man whose style of dress and appearance is reminiscent of the ruggedly masculine stereotype of the lumberjack

manspread: to sit with one’s legs far apart, taking up too much space on a seat shared with other people

Minecraft:asandboxvideogamewithconstruction,crafting,exploration,and combatmechanics,availableonmanygameplatforms

misgender: to refer to or address (a person, especially one who is transgender) with a pronoun, noun, or adjective that inaccurately represents the person’s gender or gender identity

mom jeans: unstylish women’s jeans

NBD: acronym for no big deal

panromantic: noting or relating to a person who is romantically attracted to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities

Pokémon: a media franchise including video games, animated television series, movies, card games, etc. that depict a fictional class of pet monsters and their trainers

presstitute: a journalist or media source whose news coverage is considered to be inappropriately influenced by business interests, political motives, etc.


train wreck: a person who has experienced a personal failure, disaster, etc.

warmist: a person who accepts global warming as a reality (a term used by people who reject the concept)

woke: actively aware of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those related to civil and human rights

ze: occasionally used with a singular indefinite pronoun or singular noun antecedent in place of the definite masculine “he” or the definite feminine “she”

Zika virus: a chiefly mosquito-borne virus of the genus Flavivirus that causes Zika, a mild illness

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