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Lifestyle Culture and Society 20 Sep 2019 'Dad joke' becomes p ...

'Dad joke' becomes part of Merriam-Webster dictionary

Published Sep 20, 2019, 1:23 pm IST
Updated Sep 20, 2019, 1:25 pm IST
'Vacay' among other 530 words added to Merriam-Webster in September.
Words like sesh, solopreneur have also been added to the dictionary. (Photo: Representational/Pexels)
 Words like sesh, solopreneur have also been added to the dictionary. (Photo: Representational/Pexels)

Washington: If you are an ardent user of terms like 'sesh', 'vacay', or even 'tallboy', you are now free to express yourself even better as these along with other 530 words have made it to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Together with these, the editors of the dictionary have added over 530 words in this month with 4000 new definitions, etymology and pronunciation revision, reported Fox News. Wondering what these new terms are?


These new additions range from "serious to the playful, from the technical to the informal," according to the website, as it has added words from pop culture, politics, sports, psychology and more. Amongst those 530 is 'fatberg' which refers to a large mass of fat and solid waste that collects in a sewer system.

'Deep State', means an alleged secret network of especially non selected government officials and sometimes private entities. A portmanteau of a solo entrepreneur, 'Solopreneur' has also been added to the popular dictionary.


For those who wish to define their abnormal fear of clowns, can make use of the term 'Caulrophobia'. 'Dad Joke' described as a wholesome (and typically corny) joke with an obvious punchline is another one amongst the inclusions.

Just as words have been added, some definitions have been modified too. For example, the term 'they', which has been updated to be recognized as a pronoun with an added meaning: "Used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary."

'Haircut' has also got a new business meaning, referring now to a "reduction in the value of an asset." Back in April, the dictionary added more than 640 new words like 'snowflake', 'garbage time', 'on-brand' and 'gender nonconforming', among others.  



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