- New words are a reflection of culture, obsessions and changing language
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(CNN)Steel yourselves, language pedants: Dictionary.com has added 300 new words to its online database.
The latest roster additions are a potpourri of portmanteaus, hyphenations and slang terms you feel kind of embarrassed looking up, but do anyway because you are deeply uncool and language is moving into the future without you.
Three hundred words is a lot, so here are the highlights:
- cat café
- cheat day
- cold brew
- dad bod
- man bun
- mic drop
- stochastic terrorism
- struggle bus
- teachable moment
- uncanny valley
It's rather impressionistic, isn't it? At first, the list reads like a teenager having a hyperactive episode, but when you step back it presents a rather tight portrait of what we're talking about right now, and how we talk about it.
How new words are born
Even though the newfound legitimacy of "bitchface" may amuse you, Dictionary.com lexicographer Jane Solomon tells CNN making the list is serious business. Approving new words is an intense, involved process that comprises different research methods -- all so your sheltered aunt can finally get a solid answer on what "Kush" means.