New Words Added To The Dictionary – Some You’re Not Supposed To Use!
"F-bomb" is among some 100 words being added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary in its annual update.
Associate editor Kory Stamper told AP , "It's a word that is very visually evocative. It's not just the F-word. It's F-bomb. You know that it's going to cause a lot of consternation and possible damage."
Stamper said they'd traced the use of "F-bomb" back to a 1988 Newsday story in which then-New York Mets catcher Gary Carter was talking about how he'd given them up, along with other curse words. Some of the other words being added:
- "a-ha moment" -- popularized by Oprah Winfrey on her former TV show
- "earworm" -- a song that you can't get out of your head
- "man cave"
- "brain cramp"
- "bucket list"
- "flexitarian" -- someone who normally is vegetarian, but occasionally eats meat or fish
- "underwater" -- new definition added to refer to when someone owes more of their mortgage than the property is worth
- "craft beer"
- "game changer"
- "tipping point"
- "life coach"