Dictionary.com Adds New Slang to the List


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Tea Smith, Staff Reporter

The English language is ever changing, especially in this day and age with the popularity of social media.  Social media has popularize, many slang terms in recent years so it comes as no surprise that many of our favorite slang words now have official definitions that can be found in the dictionary.  On November 10, dictionary.com added over 150 new words to the site.  Here are a few of the new entries.

Fleek: Slang.  Flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.

Random: Slang.  A person or thing that is unknown, unidentified, or suspiciously out of place.

Sapiosexual: a person who finds intelligence to be a sexually attractive quality in others.

Yaaas: Slang.  Yes!  (Used as a strong expression of excitement, approval, agreement, etc.

Mx.: a title of respect prefixed to a person’s surname: unlike Mr., Mrs., or Ms., it does not indicate gender and may be used by a person with any or no specific gender identity.

TBH: to be honest.

Bestie: informal. a person’s best friend.

Digital citizen: a person who develops the skills and knowledge to effectively use the Internet and other digital technology, especially in order to participate responsibly in social and civic activities.

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)

Feels: informal. Strong, often positive feelings.

And the list goes on. Some of the words this reporter, admittedly, had never heard or seen before, like ever.   

When asked what she thinks of the new additions to the dictionary, local resident Keisha Burchell stated, “I feel like it is a great way to expand our vocabulary and it is a nice way to stay updated with social terms.”

The next time an adult asks you what fleek means, you can refer them to a dictionary.