Are you someone who feels like you can’t understand what people are saying these days? Well, Dictionary.com is here to help.
The Oakland-based website just added 300 new words and definitions to their dictionary, reflecting a variety of areas including, “how technology is influencing modern life—and modern communication,” as well as “more inclusive and empowered identity and cultural terms that have gained traction in recent years.”
New words added include (click herefor more):
- Colorism- "Differential treatment based on skin color, especially favoritism toward those with a lighter skin tone and mistreatment or exclusion of those with a darker skin tone, typically among those of the same racial group or ethnicity."
- JOMO- “Joy of missing out: a feeling of contentment with one’s own pursuits and activities, without worrying over the possibility of missing out on what others may be doing."
- Brain Fart- "A brief mental lapse, especially an instance of forgetfulness or confusion."
- Male Gaze– “The assumption in visual and creative arts that the default or desired audience consists of heterosexual males, and inclusion of women in narrative or art should seek to please this audience with the objectification or sexualization of these depicted women.”
- Textlationship - "A relationship or association between people who text each other frequently, but rarely if ever interact with each other in person."
- Bromosexual– "Informal. Noting or relating to a close but nonsexual friendship between two men, typically a heterosexual man and a gay man (usually used facetiously)."
- Thirst Trap- "Slang. (On the Internet) A social media post, especially a selfie or other photo, intended to elicit sexual attention, appreciation of one’s attractiveness, or other positive feedback (often used attributively)."
- Whitelash- “S hostile or violent reaction by white people to the advances or influx of other racial or ethnic groups.”
- White Fragility- "The tendency among members of the dominant white cultural group to have a defensive, wounded, angry, or dismissive response to evidence of racism."
- Welp-Interjection. "An informal variant of well used to indicate disappointment, resignation, or acceptance at the beginning of an utterance."