Hugh: ‘Hard pass,’ ‘crowdfunding,’ ‘cancel culture’ among new words added to the dictionary


Since language is an ever-evolving thing, every now and then a batch of new words are added to the dictionary. In their latest batch of newly-introduced words, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary has included a few interesting ones. In total, there are 520 new words inspired by online communication, Coronavirus, identity, comfort, and other facets of life. Some of the more interesting additions are below, and you can find more here.

  • BIPOC – (abbreviation) : Black, Indigenous, (and) People of Colour
  • Silver Fox – an attractive middle-aged man having mostly grey or white hair
  • ASMR or autonomous sensory meridian response – a pleasant tingling sensation that originates on the back of the scalp and often spreads to the neck and upper spine, that occurs in some people in response to a stimulus (such as a particular kind of sound or movement), and that tends to have a calming effect
  • Crowdfunding – the practice of obtaining needed funding (as for a new business) by soliciting contributions from a large number of people especially from the online community
  • Gig worker – a person who works temporary jobs typically in the service sector as an independent contractor or freelancer
  • Cancel culture – the practice or tendency of engaging in mass cancelling as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure
  • Hard pass – a firm refusal or rejection of something (such as an offer)




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