New Words Added to the Dictionary
Every year, new words are added to the dictionary to represent the changing trends and fads. But, I have to say, this year's selection of words added to dictionary.com are a bit concerning!
Here are a couple of my favs:
basic: characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior.
completionist: a player who attempts to complete every challenge and earn every achievement or trophy in a video game.
dark web: the portion of the Internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, uses masked IP addresses, and is accessible only with a special web browser.
dox: to publish the private personal information of (another person) without the consent of that individual.
esports: competitive tournaments of video games.
gesture: a particular movement of the fingers or hand over a screen, used to control or interact with a digital device.
haptics: the study or use of tactile sensations and the sense of touch as a method of interacting with computers and electronic devices.
hyperlocal: focused on a very small geographical community, as a neighborhood.
lifehack: a tip, trick, or efficient method for doing or managing a day-to-day task or activity.
microaggression: a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype.
permadeath: (in a game, often a video game) the permanent death of a defeated character, after which the player of the game cannot continue with the same character.
ship: to take an interest in a romantic relationship between fictional characters or famous people.
slacktivism: actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk: students engaging in slacktivism by signing an online petition.
smartwatch: a computing device that resembles a wristwatch and is attached to a band worn around the wrist.
Hmmmmmmm, right?! But, you might be hearing some of these words around town (or the internet) so, you had better learn them!