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Merriam-Webster Just Added These New Food Words to the Dictionary—But They're All So 2015 - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Sep 19,2017
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Source Washingtonian


WASHINGTON, DC. - On Monday, Merriam-Webster added over 250 new words to the dictionary, including 11 food-related ones—so now “sriracha” isn’t just in every restaurant, it’s officially part of our lexicon.

Like the rooster sauce itself, which rapidly went from being a cutting-edge condiment to outplayed in the mainstream (thanks, McDonalds), these “new” dictionary words are mostly commonplace in everyday dialogue. The delay in making them official is due to the dictionary’s word addition process, which requires a word to achieve a certain amount of usage before it can be considered. So by the time a word describing a trend has been used enough to gain its place in posterity, the trend itself is often passé.

Of course, there are exceptions. You rarely hear “Callery pear”—one of the new dictionary additions—casually dropped into conversation (FYI, it’s a deciduous tree of the rose family with small bitter fruits). But still, for the more obvious terms, we thought it might be useful to explain them in the context of 2017.

Source Washingtonian

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