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Hangry, bougie among 840 words added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

September 6, 2018

Hangry and bougie are among more than 840 new words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this week.

A large portion of the list of new words includes terms relating to digital technology. Instagramming, airplane mode and force quit, which is the act of forcibly shutting down an unresponsive program, are now recognized by the dictionary.

The abbreviation, TL;DR, which stands for “too long; didn’t read,” is also now recognized as official word. Other shortened words, including guac for guacamole, bougie (a disparaging substitute for bourgeois) and ribbie (a spelling based on the way RBI is pronounced by some baseball commentators and fans) have also made the list of new words.

Blended words that have made their way into everyday speech, including hangry and mocktail, will now be listed in the dictionary as well.

Some more serious, but commonly terms that have been officially recognized include food bank, tent city and self-harm.

Merriam-Webster said new words are only added to the dictionary when they have already been widely used and accepted into the language and culture.

“For each reader, some of the new words inevitably seem already familiar, but others will be encountered for the first time in an announcement like this, which probably means we’re doing it just about right,” the company said in a statement on their website.