It’s a new chapter for Dictionary.com.
The online dictionary added 566 new words to its database on Wednesday, along with 348 new definitions for existing entries and 2,256 revised definitions.
The new sayings, which include words like “jaw” and “orange shower”, were added to “represent the ever-changing nature of English and the relentless efforts of our lexicographers to document it”.
“As you can imagine, recording ever-changing language is incredibly enjoyable while also being intellectually stimulating,” Grant Barrett, head of lexicography at Dictionary.com, told USA Today.
“Even though we create dictionaries, we still delight in the variety, depth, and complexity of this great set of terms,” Barrett’s statement continues. “There are so many things that show how dynamic language is, as it follows changes in culture and society. »
The outlet also updated whole phrases to replace binary gender expressions like “he,” “she,” “his,” and “she” with “they,” “their,” or other similar words to be more inclusive.
Some have been rewritten to avoid using a pronoun.
In December, the Cambridge dictionary changed the meaning of “man” and “woman”.
Definitions in the grammatical resource have been revised to include people who identify as male or female, even if they were assigned a “different sex at birth”.
Meanwhile, a Dictionary.com category has been expanded to encompass different definitions of different types of artificial intelligence.
“ChatGPT”, the controversial and popular AI platform, is defined as “a type of machine learning algorithm that uses deep learning and a large database of training text to generate new text by response to a user’s prompt”.
Dictionary.com has also come up with a definition of “chatbot,” which it says is “a computer program designed to respond with conversational or informational responses to verbal or written messages from users.”
In its “health and well-being” category, it defined “decision fatigue”, which is “mental and emotional exhaustion resulting from excessive or relentless decision-making, especially the cumulative effect of small decisions that one takes throughout the day”, as well as as “stress-related eating”, known as “emotional eating, particularly in response to stress, tension or anxiety”.
Definitions of “sextortion”, “greenwashing”, “crypto-fascism” and “nepo baby” have also been added.
The last time Dictionary.com did a big word update like this was in February, when it added definitions for common and modern phrases like “petfluencer” and “deada- “.
He also defined “traumatic dumping,” which is the sharing of intense, traumatic information or emotions with others, in an unsolicited way.
And, in July 2021, it added the pop culture terms “zaddy”, “oof”, “s-tshow” and “trigger warn”.