Whenever I asked my mom how to spell a word back in elementary school, she’d always respond with, “Go look it up in the dictionary!” which never made much sense to me. I wasn’t trying to determine the word’s meaning; I just wanted to know how it was spelled, and if I didn’t know that, how was I supposed to find it in the dictionary? Oh motherly advice…
But some of Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary’s new additions are both easy to spell and contain provocative definitions, such as “f-bomb,” “sexting,” “man cave” and more. These additions were published today in the 114 year old dictionary.
Kory Stamper, an associate editor for Merriam-Webster, told the Associated Press
“We saw another huge spike after Dick Cheney dropped an F-bomb in the Senate in 2004. It’s a word that is very visually evocative. It’s not just the F-word. It’s F-bomb. You know that it’s going to cause a lot of consternation and possible damage.”
Some other additions to the dictionary are “brain cramp,” “bucket list,” “energy drink,” “life coach” and “aha moment,” all of which I find very appropriate to be added to our dictionary in this 21st century.
Do you think “f-bomb” and the other additions should have been added to such a prestigious dictionary? Why or why not?