The world’s first digital dictionary has announced that it has added several terms related to the LGBTQ community and progressive politics this week.
Among the 566 new words added to Dictionary.com this year were “polysexual” and “amalgagender.”
The Massive English-Language Database defines “polysexual” as an adjective “noting or relating to a person who is sexually attracted to people of different genders, but not necessarily to people of all genders.”
The entry for “amalgagender” defines it as an adjective “noting or relating to a person whose gender identity is linked to or influenced by the fact that they are intersex”.
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To further clarify, the definition of the term “intersex” read as follows: “noting or referring to a person, animal or plant having reproductive organs, genitalia, hormones or chromosomal patterns that do not fall under the typical definitions of male and female. »
Other words added to the site this year included pop culture references and other terms related to identity and relationships.
Dictionary.com’s Vice President of Editorial John Kelly told NBC News.com of the new entries, saying, “Gender and identity have been particularly dynamic and productive areas of linguistic change over the of the last 15 years. Whether socially or medically. , there’s a vocabulary component that’s emerging, that’s going into the mainstream, that people need to know they’re going to encounter.
Kelly said these new progressive terms meet the “four criteria” the site uses to determine what gets added to it. Detailing these criteria, he said they ask the following questions: “Is it widely used, does it have a shared meaning, does it show resistance and will it be useful to the general public? “
In addition to including over 500 words, Dictionary.com has revised the definitions of over 2,000 existing words, 400 of which have been updated to replace or remove gendered pronouns.
For example, NBC News noted that the site changed the definition of “volunteer” from “A person who offers himself voluntarily for a service or business” to “A person who offers to perform a service or business.”
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Kelly told the outlet, “We don’t live our lives saying, ‘Hey, I’m looking for volunteers, you know, somebody who offers to do this.’ This construction is heavy and exclusive and we were high time to make this change to our dictionary.”
The vice president acknowledged that some audiences might view the inclusion of such terms or revisions as political, but denied there was any agenda behind the updates. He said: “Language really is a lightning rod. All of a sudden, when these new words are announced, it can feel like there’s an agenda behind it. I want to be clear: there is no agenda; there is documentation. “
“Whether we like it or not, whether we agree with it or not, whether it’s our personal opinions or not, it’s our job to do people a favor and capture that language as objectively as possible,” Kelly added.
The outlet pointed out that last year Dictionary.com added entries for other LGBTQ-related terms, including “demisexual,” “neopronoun,” and “aromatic.”
Dictionary.com did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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