New cryptographic words are inscribed in the language book.
Since Merriam-Webster validated a number of Internet slogans and colloquialisms that modern youth find today by including them in the dictionary, language elitists will need to relax quickly.
Merriam Webster recently added 370 new words to its lexicon, which for better or worse correspond to the modern era, with terms related to the global health crisis, the war in Ukraine, the so-called “bear market and the rapid evolution of technology.
The oldest dictionary publisher in the United States makes room for crypto.
“Altcoin” and “metaverse” are probably the most relevant additions for crypto fans among the new terms added.
Crypto Words You Shouldn’t Leave Out
The addition of “metavers” comes as no surprise, as Facebook has been making headlines for its aggressive foray into the virtual realm. “Altcoins” refers to all cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin.
“Words provide a window into our ever-changing language and culture, and they are only added to the dictionary when there is clear and enduring evidence of their use,” Merriam-Webster editor Peter Sokolowski.
This year, among others, Merriam-Webster added the following:
mute : a mobile gadget devoid of advanced features
yes : interjection, slang – used to express surprise, approval or excited enthusiasm
slow : have a slow or delayed response
greenwashing : a marketing tactic used by companies or organizations
obscene : fashion or style looks
above : suspicious, suspicious
janky : very poor quality
The list of new words has additions that vividly describe how the past few years have gone for everyone.
The term “booster,” which became popular after the COVID-19 pandemic, has its own entry in Merriam-Webster’s book, as do “false positive” and “false negative” lab test results.
Other terms on the list will serve as constant reminders of the state of the economy in 2022, such as “shrinkflation,” the practice of reducing the quantity or volume of a product while offering it to the same price, and “lateral hustle”, which means any type of employment performed in addition to one’s full-time job.
On its website, Merriam-Webster has also included delicious entrees like “pumpkin spice” and “birria.”
‘Metaverse’ and ‘Altcoin’ immortalized in Lexicon
According to Google Trends, “Metaverse” is the most searched term in the following five countries: Singapore (#1), Turkey, China, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates.
There are approximately 20,000 cryptocurrencies that are considered alternatives to established cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin.
In 2021, crypto-related technologies such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) were considered the word of the year by Collins Dictionary.
NFTs play an important role in the metaverse as they help provide a neutral element for the acquisition of transferable digital assets between virtual environments.
“Some of these words will inspire or amuse others may spark debates. Our job is to capture the language as it is used,” Sokolowski added.
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