Posted on October 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here’s a real Halloween treat for word nerds: the addition of 455 words to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

As usual, the terms are a mix of acronyms ("TBH" and "FTW"), freshly minted words ("whataboutism" and "faux hawk"), new meanings for existing words ("because" and "breakthrough"), and words we would’ve thought already existed in the dictionary ("fluffernutter" and "horchata").

Some of the common sources for said additions are the world of medicine (generally and COVID-specific), technology, politics, and online culture.

Merriam-Webster highlighted (and defined) several of its new words on its blog.

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