To 'ghost' someone, 'binge-watch' and 'face palm' are now in the dictionary - Bring Me The News

To 'ghost' someone, 'binge-watch' and 'face palm' are now in the dictionary

More than 1,000 words have been added.
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Merriam-Webster just added a bunch of new words to its online dictionary.

The dictionary's social media game has been on point lately, with Merriam-Webster chiming in on topics that are trending on Twitter. And that was no different when Merriam-Webster announced it had added more than 1,000 terms to its online dictionary.

The dictionary tweeted out GIFs of some of the new words, like to "ghost" someone:

Other terms added to the dictionary come from advances made in science, are borrowed from foreign language (especially words that involve food) or are words that have become part of people's everyday language, like "face palm," "photobomb," "binge-watch" and "ginger" (when talking about a redhead).

"These are words that have demonstrated frequent and increasing use in a variety of sources, and are therefore likely to be encountered by a reader – and should be in the dictionary," Merriam-Webster said in a statement. It also noted some words have been used for years and are just being added now, while others have quickly been broadly accepted.

And the dictionary doesn't always keep words. According to a tweet, Merriam-Webster said it had removed the word "snollygoster" – a shrewd & unprincipled person, especially an unprincipled politician" – but just added it back.

You can see what other words Merriam-Webster added by clicking here.

This marked the first time the dictionary has updated its online words since 2014, The Associated Press notes.

This story is part of our Best of the Web section – which is just cool stuff we find online and want to share with you.

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