‘Woke,’ ‘Blaxican’ & ‘Zika’ Among New Words Added To Dictionary.com

The internet has allowed old measures to be broken or perhaps, improved beyond popular belief. Thanks to everyone living in the digital world, Dictonary.com has moved with the times with a wave of new terms to its site.

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In an interview with Time, CEO Liz McMillan explains searches for terms like woke lead to the company’s new system of tracking trending words. “We get over 5.5 billion word lookups every year, and we analyze those lookups to identify new words that we haven’t seen before,” McMillan said. “And when we see a critical mass of volume against a particular word, our lexicography team will start researching.”

The new additions stand with the current conversations like ze (a gender neutral pronoun) and misgender (misidentifying someone by the wrong gender). Woke has been attributed to current conversations about race and injustice with the definition, “actively aware of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those related to civil and human rights.”

In total, 300 new words were added while 1,700 were updated on Tuesday (July 19.)

Here are other fun additions:

athleisure: a style of clothing inspired by athletic apparel but also worn as casual, everyday wear.

intersectionality: the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual.

 mom jeans: unstylish women’s jeans.

Take a look at more selections here.

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