Some new words have been added to Merriam-Webster’s unabridged dictionary – 2000 of them actually. The news words are signs of the times, reflecting what we’re talking about and how we’re talking about it. Among them:
- FOMO, an acronym for Fear of Missing Out
- Mx, the gender neutral prefix for those who prefer not to use Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms
- Wacky Tabacky, slang for marijuana
- Nomophobia, the fear of being without a cellphone
The decision to add each new word is not taken lightly. It’s, essentially, a bet that it has made a mark on the language worth remembering or that it will stick around for the foreseeable future.