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  1. Dictionary.com Adds Coronavirus Words To The Dictionary

    Normally, we track new words for years before seeing enough evidence to convince us they have the staying power to merit inclusion in our traditional dictionary. Well, it’s not a normal day at the office. We’re all working at home, for one thing. COVID-19 has changed the dictionary world as suddenly and profoundly as it has changed all of our personal and professional lives. In …

  2. How To Get A Word Into The Dictionary

    “I coined a new word. Snacktabulous. It describes a snack, but a really spectacular and fabulous one. How do I get it into the dictionary?” This is one of the most common questions we get—and it’s a great one. How does a word get added to the dictionary? Our lexicographers, the people who write and edit the dictionary, are constantly adding new words to the …

  3. We’ve Added Over 300 New Words To Dictionary.com!

    JSYK, we’ve added new words and definitions to the dictionary. Over 300 of them in 2019, in fact. This is one case, we think, where JOMO just doesn’t apply. We’re sure you’ve guessed by now that these additions include some new internet slang abbreviations, like JSYK (“just so you know”) and JOMO (“joy of missing out”), that reflect how technology is influencing modern life—and modern …

  4. How Are Dictionaries Used In Court?

    Two recent events have raised the complicated question of whether or not dictionaries belong in courtrooms. A murder trial in Virginia was disrupted because the jurors illicitly consulted two dictionaries and a thesaurus. (The defense is currently seeking a mistrial.) And even on the Supreme Court it seems dictionaries are being misused. In the past, judges have resorted to the dictionary to decide important trials, …