Charlie Buttrey

April 26, 2019

Within the last few years, I have come to realize that the dictionary should reflect language use rather than define or circumscribe it. Which does not, by the way, make me any happier about the misuse of the terms “data” or “media” or of the phrase “begging the question.”

But as the language evolves, so does the dictionary.

Miriam-Webster just announced that it is adding 640 new words and phrases to the compendium.

Many of them (“snowflake,” “garbage time,” “gig economy,” “screen time”) are fairly self-evident.  Others (“stan,” swole,” “bottle episode”) not so much.

All of them are evidence that the evolution of the language waits for no one.

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