Merriam-Webster Just Added 1000+ Words

Always an entertaining read, Merriam-Webster just announced the words and phrases it’s adding to the dictionary this month. Among them are “throwing shade,” “side eye” and even “ghost”—not the spook, but the act of abruptly cutting off contact with a person. There are also a few less-timely additions, including “first world problem,” “riding shotgun” and “weak sauce.” Whatever your feelings on these latest inclusions, there’s …

Changing the Definition of Femininity

Writer Ali Segel came across the Merriam-Webster definition for the word “femininity” and was (rightly) pretty appalled by it. When used in a sentence, the dictionary stated, “She managed to become a CEO without sacrificing her femininity.” Segel—not only amazed at how subtle sexism continues to go unnoticed, or ignored—reached out to Merriam-Webster. They tweeted, “AND IT’S GONE. Oof. Sorry about that.” Showing that admitting …

Yiddish in the 21st Century and Beyond

Yiddish is a thousand-year-old language. With many words originating in the Bible, it makes sense that there’s no term for “email” or “transgender” or so many other modern-day words. However two people, Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath (Yiddish editor and poet) and Paul Glasser (former dean at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research), have joined forces to create the future-forward Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary. With over 50,000 entries and sub-entries, …