10 Brand New Additions to the Dictionary That Are So 2019, It’s Not Even Funny

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Language never stops evolving, and nobody knows that better than the editors of the dictionary. The Merriam-Webster editors added over 640 words to the dictionary in April 2019 alone!!! Some of the words are brand new (like “buzzy”) and others have simply taken on new meanings (like “snowflake”).

When dictionaries add new words, they’re always a great, spot-on reflection of the current cultural moment, and these are no different. Here are 10 new words that will make you sigh and say, “Yep, this is 2019 alright.”

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10. Gig Economy

Gig economy: “Economic activity that involves the use of temporary or freelance workers to perform jobs typically in the service sector.”

9. On-Brand

On-brand: “Appropriate to, typical of, consistent with, or supportive of a particular brand or public image or identity.”

An example from Merriam-Webster: “It’s time to do an overhaul of your [Facebook] profile to ensure it’s professional and on-brand.” (Via Cheryl Lock.)

8. Peak

Peak: “Being at the height of popularity, use, or attention —used before the name of a product, person, cultural trend, etc.”

7. Vulture Capitalism

Vulture capitalism: “A form of venture capitalism in which aggressive methods are used to buy a distressed business with the intention of selling it at a profit.”

6. Screen Time

Screen time: “Time spent watching television, playing a video game, or using an electronic device with a screen (such as a smartphone or tablet).”

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5. Stan

Stan is “slang, often disparaging” to mean “an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan.”

4. Snowflake

Snowflake: “Someone who is overly sensitive.”

As in: “One side derides the youth driving the movement as snowflakes and social justice warriors, too sensitive and too politically correct.” (Via Vanessa McCray.)

3. Buzzy

Buzzy: “Causing or characterized by a lot of speculative or excited talk or attention : generating buzz.”

2. Unplug

Unplug: “To temporarily refrain from using electronic devices (such as computers or smartphones).”

1. Receipts

Receipts: “pluralinformal : PROOF : EVIDENCE.”

As in: “I 100% believe that Prince William is cheating on Kate Middleton but I need someone to show me the receipts.”

Yup, it’s 2019 alright.