Merriam-Webster Is Adding FOMO, Hella, and TMI to the Dictionary

April 21, 2016
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Guys, seriously, we need to stop repeating the random words people make up on the Internet.  Or they're going to keep becoming legitimate words.

Merriam-Webster just announced a bunch of new words they're adding to the dictionary this year.  The editors make their choices based on a word's impact on the English language, and whether they believe it's here to stay.

Here are some of the new additions . . .

1.  FOMO.  It's the acronym for 'Fear Of Missing Out.'  Here's their definition.  "Fear of not being included in something, such as an interesting or enjoyable activity, that others are experiencing."

2.  Meet-cute.  "A cute, charming, or amusing first encounter between romantic partners, as in a movie."

3.  Hella.  "very, extremely."

4.  Revenge porn.  "Sexually explicit images of a person posted online without that person's consent, especially as a form of revenge or harassment."

5.  TMI.  "Too much information."

A few others that are also being added are Bitcoin . . . cold turkey . . . gastric banding . . . and wacky tobacky. 

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