Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds "Dad Joke," "Vacay," "Deep State," & More

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Merriam-Webster just announced the 533 new words they're adding to the dictionary and, as always, it's pretty clear we're not contributing great things to the English language in this day and age. Here are some of the highlights . . .

dad joke (noun), "a wholesome joke of the type said to be told by fathers with a punchline that is often an obvious or predictable pun or play on words and usually judged to be endearingly corny or unfunny" SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT: Catch my Bad Dad Joke of the Day everyday on Q92’s social media and on the air weekdays at 2:20pm. 

escape room (noun), "a game in which participants confined to a room or other enclosed setting . . . are given a set amount of time to find a way to escape as by discovering hidden clues and solving a series of riddles or puzzles"

vacay (noun), "vacation"

inspo (noun), "inspiration"

deep state (noun), "an alleged secret network of especially nonelected government officials . . . operating extra-legally to influence and enact government policy"

stinger (noun), "a short scene that appears during or after the closing credits of a movie or TV program" 

(Merriam-Webster) (You can check out more additions, including fatberg, solopreneur, pain point and more here.) Image © 2019 GettyImages


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