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In our latest update to the dictionary, we added more than a thousand new and modified definitions including gaming words like esports, permadeath and completionist, terms to prepare you for the 2016 elections like slacktivism, and gender-related terms agender, bigender, and gender-fluid.

But how do lexicographers (the people who compile and update dictionaries) stay on top of language change? Luckily, we have a number of tools—both traditional and new—available to us. The oldest tool of all for dictionary writing is reading widely. From literature to scientific journals to new media outlets, these sources allow us to find and pinpoint both completely new words as well as words that are shifting in meaning and need new definitions.

We also look to our users—both directly in reviewing user suggestions and indirectly by analyzing words they look up that do not yet have definitions. In 2014, for example, our users were searching for microaggression and dox, but they weren’t finding any definitions. Dictionary.com’s primary purpose is to help people gain a deeper understanding of language. It’s important for us to listen to the data to make sure we’re answering our user’s questions, whether they’re about spelling, subtleties in meaning, or the definition of a new slang term.

From this big pool of potential additions, culled from reading and from users, how do we decide which words to add? Not all of these words make the cut. We rely on research in traditional publications, as well as technology like corpus research. In our case, we are currently using a corpus that has over 19 billion words. The corpus contains a massive collection of sources, from literature to news articles to television and interview transcripts, balanced to reflect actual usage of language. It also helps us write definitions and example sentences that reflect how a word is used: Is it always a noun? Or sometimes an adjective? What are the differences between dark web and deep web in terms of how experts discuss the terms?

This research enables us to add new words to the dictionary multiple times a year, so the next time you hear someone say form factor or haptics, Dictionary.com will help you understand.

Here’s a selection of words added in this update and their definitions:

agender: relating to a person who does not have a specific gender identity or recognizable gender expression.
basic: characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior.
bigender: relating to a person who has two gender identities or some combination of both.
black hat: a hacker who violates the security of a system for personal profit or for the gratification of causing damage.
completionist: a player who attempts to complete every challenge and earn every achievement or trophy in a video game.
crash blossom: an ambiguously worded headline whose meaning can be interpreted in the wrong way, as “Missing Woman Remains Found.”
dark web: the portion of the Internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, uses masked IP addresses, and is accessible only with a special web browser.
dox: to publish the private personal information of (another person) without the consent of that individual.
esports: competitive tournaments of video games.
gender-fluid: relating to a person whose gender identity or gender expression is not fixed and shifts over time or depending on the situation.
gesture: a particular movement of the fingers or hand over a screen, used to control or interact with a digital device.
haptics: the study or use of tactile sensations and the sense of touch as a method of interacting with computers and electronic devices.
hyperlocal: focused on a very small geographical community, as a neighborhood.
lifehack: a tip, trick, or efficient method for doing or managing a day-to-day task or activity.
microaggression: a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype.
permadeath: (in a game, often a video game) the permanent death of a defeated character, after which the player of the game cannot continue with the same character.
ship: to take an interest in a romantic relationship between fictional characters or famous people.
slacktivism: actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk: students engaging in slacktivism by signing an online petition.
smartwatch: a computing device that resembles a wristwatch and is attached to a band worn around the wrist.

120 Comments

  1. Tameka -  June 28, 2016 - 7:50 pm

    Hello,
    so this maybe a crazy question but I am wondering who makes the decisions when it comes to changing definitions in the dictionary. How is the new meaning better than the old I feel it is one to cause even more controversy? not trying to get into the word but it is very racist with the definition that is now used.
    Thank you

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    • george francisco -  September 3, 2016 - 8:48 pm

      Shabulize (verb): wide of use of metamphetamine in a community.

      Origin: President Duterte of the Philippines used this word in describing a ccommunity where a lot of people are using and involved in drugs.

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    • Jayson -  November 28, 2016 - 3:52 am

      I don’t think that they have changed the meaning of any of the preexisting words. They’ve merely added an updated way of defining the word. If you’ve ever looked in a dictionary (to which I am sure you have done before) you’ll have noticed that theres many words with multiple meanings listed. That is because those words have gone through the same process of updating as our language evolves over time and people start to express familiar words in new ways. The original meaning(s) of the words, however, aren’t changed.

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  2. superboy -  May 17, 2016 - 4:21 am

    Cellelilor:
    cell phone lover

    Alluleint:
    car free

    Auruntunous:
    a person who enjoy his life in every situation bad or good
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    • superboy -  May 17, 2016 - 4:25 am

      Alluleint:
      care free

      Celelilor:
      cell phone lover

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  3. i'm aesome -  November 20, 2015 - 9:32 pm

    i’m awesomely awesome

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  4. awesome person -  November 20, 2015 - 9:30 pm

    hi guys

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  5. frank -  November 11, 2015 - 6:08 am

    new word

    viagrafication

    the joy and pleasure of using viagra

    Reply
  6. Anastasia -  November 2, 2015 - 7:19 am

    Why “haptics” will be a new word? This technology has been known since 2010 with the popularity of iphone (4?)…

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  7. Sean H -  October 21, 2015 - 10:13 am

    Arble should be a word. It’s meaning is to write or spell a word incorrectly, erase it, then re-write the misspelling again.

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  8. MD Taiyab -  October 8, 2015 - 9:28 am

    Helo friends
    I know every one know that this word meaning
    “NO”
    It’s mean is Simple NO
    BUT I HAVE A NEW MEANING
    “ALONE”
    Ok ok you all know this word meaning
    Yes , I attend a one example to all of you
    “NO IN THIS SIDE ”
    SO…. THE WORD
    “NO” his new meaning is “Alone”
    Thankyou

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    • Phyllis -  December 2, 2015 - 10:27 pm

      Dumb

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    • Claire -  January 11, 2016 - 8:37 am

      What on earth are you banging on about? Total nonsense …

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  9. Shiv Raj -  September 3, 2015 - 12:25 pm

    Actually, I wanna a word “Madeshi” to add in the world dictionary and it means “1. a people around mithala addressed in Janakpur(Nepal) . 2. Specially, people belonging to Jha, sah, Gupta, Bhagat, mahatto, yadav, rajbanshi, muslims, Dom, etc. aroundJanakpur.

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  10. The Dude -  August 21, 2015 - 9:09 am

    But.. I don’t like being labeled cisgender.. Just label me The Dude.

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  11. Yelena -  August 19, 2015 - 2:17 pm

    The word “emulsion” is incorrectly defined as a liquid “suspension”. This is in fact a dispersion of one liquid in another, with which the first one is immiscible. Suspension is a dispersion of solid particles in a liquid. Correction should be made.

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  12. Gabriel Landry -  August 14, 2015 - 1:49 pm

    How would I add a difinition to a word?

    The word Burble was the word of the day and it listed, anything that sounds like a burble.

    I would like to add a specific sound for the word burble. The sound of an auto engine tuned to create excessive power.

    i.e. The sound of his new car had a pleasent burble at idle and when he stepped on the accelerator, that burble became a roar!

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  13. Name name -  June 26, 2015 - 6:43 am

    And here I was thinking “bigender” was Italian for “a grand finale!”

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  14. K. Mapson -  June 2, 2015 - 12:44 pm

    I suppose it is admirable in some sense to seek to keep up with the times. There remain gaps in academic terminology. “Deism” and “pantheism” and even “kathenotheism” are defined, while “panentheism” and “pandeism” and “apatheism” are missing.

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    • John Galt -  June 24, 2015 - 9:34 am

      I believe in Parentheism — the belief that typographical symbols are all knowing.

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  15. Addison -  May 18, 2015 - 7:49 am

    Hi i am addison

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  16. Marianne -  May 15, 2015 - 6:20 pm

    Finally they put ship in the dictionary! Yay!

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  17. Videospirit -  May 15, 2015 - 10:27 am

    I’m pretty sure they failed to define ship properly. I would have gone with something like “To believe a relationship is likely to occur between two or more parties, usually fictional”

    It is more than just taking an interest.

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    • Barbiie -  June 28, 2015 - 6:18 am

      I think in your definition I’d move “fictional” in front of “parties” and tack off “usually” completely. This way creepers who ship real people don’t get any leverage

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  18. Zamlord Perry -  May 14, 2015 - 5:13 pm

    Looks like Tumblr-users will now have reason to use Dictionary.com

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  19. Hazel -  May 14, 2015 - 1:48 pm

    This bigender person is so happy you added bigender! :D

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  20. Hikaru -  May 12, 2015 - 7:53 pm

    I’m so glad they added new gender terms, such as agender, bigender, and genderfluid. As a genderfluid individual I am HAPPY that this will bring some awareness to other genders out there.

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    • MaxVeritas -  May 14, 2015 - 5:51 am

      Mind-Gender should be added to the list as that is the source of those who were actually born male or female but at some point in their lives think otherwise.
      Also Proper-Gender should be included as that is what I am. It means I was born male gender and mentally believe it too.

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      • MaxVeritas -  May 14, 2015 - 6:17 am

        PS-Don’t forget to add undocumented-gender which trumps all other genders and entitles them to a free home, car, retirement, drugs. medical healthcare and food for life.

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        • M -  May 18, 2015 - 2:12 am

          Out of genuine curiousity, which gender does all of that?

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      • Kdawg -  May 15, 2015 - 3:56 am

        I don’t agree it should be “proper” gender, but I think “gender” should refer to biological sex. It’s confusing to transpose it to mere behaviours, though I get why people want that. Instead, I agree there should be an independent term for behaviours and for the gender one feels/thinks they are, but it should be something other than “Mind-gender”.

        The terms added here about gender seem to tap into that behaviour sense of the word, which worries me. It implies that behaviours are initially gendered the way we divide males and females, but then we have to hurry and invent words to describe how those are okay and combinations of the two exist, etc. Just dispense with such a division and invent words for those who go the extra distance of acting in over-sexualised ways with lacy clothes, but in a way that’s separated from being “female” or “feminine” in this case.

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        • genderFLUID young one -  August 25, 2015 - 1:18 pm

          1. Gender is in the mind, heart, and soul of the person. Not their body or how they are perceived or treated.

          2. Transgender is a word, along with agender, bigender, genderfluid, demigirl, demiboy, and bunches of other terms.

          3. From what I understood, you said that the behaviors these new terms are talking about were connected with acting in “over-sexualized ways”. Gender, gender expression, and sexuality are VERY different things, combined in hundreds of ways. Just because a person isn’t cisgender/heterosexual doesn’t automatically make them sexual in any way. Sometimes it’s exactly the opposite.

          I hope you don’t feel like I was trying to lecture, I only mean to inform.

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      • Why is my name required -  May 15, 2015 - 7:11 am

        I have never heard anyone use the words Mind-Gender and Proper-Gender. A person who identifies with the gender assigned at birth is called cisgender.

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      • Kwein Aqila -  May 16, 2015 - 5:51 am

        Thank you Max. I was beginning to WONDER what Gender I should Identify with. I was born a girl, I live as a woman, and I pray I will die an old lady. Proper gender sounds nice,but how about TRUE GENDER!!!
        Meaning there is no ambiguity, what you see is what you get!

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      • beau -  May 21, 2015 - 9:35 pm

        theres already a word for “”proper gender”"– its called “cisgender”, means you define yourself as the gender you were assigned at birth, like you said. and “”mind gender”" would just be cisgender as well; exploring gender identity doesnt make you have a different gender if you still define as cis, it just means you explored your gender identity and confirmed for a fact that you were cisgender.

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  21. K -  May 12, 2015 - 9:32 am

    Yes! I’m so happy these words were finally added, like agender and ship.

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    • coal williams -  May 14, 2015 - 9:56 am

      Yes i agree I love those words!!!!

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    • Christina -  May 16, 2015 - 11:43 pm

      Yess!! me too!

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  22. Richard Mineall -  May 12, 2015 - 8:14 am

    I still have to words that are not in the dictionary, Pight which I have found to mean still determined, and Fumiter, which is an adjective desribing something as smelling strongly.

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    • Stephan -  May 14, 2015 - 3:04 am

      to??????? TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. Chris -  May 12, 2015 - 6:45 am

    Wow, as an agender teen, I am so happy to see that it’s actually going to be added to Dictionary.com. Perhaps one day it will be added to Chrome’s dictionary so there won’t be the red line underneath it!

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    • Lilia -  May 16, 2015 - 5:27 pm

      This is definitely a huge step towards that, I’m also so excited!!!

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  24. Akshat -  May 8, 2015 - 11:22 am

    Language is a progressive thing; it is bound to change, otherwise it will perish. Kudos to you guys for bringing these new words to mainstream usage!

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    • Jewboi -  May 11, 2015 - 11:14 am

      kys

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      • Adian -  May 14, 2015 - 11:14 am

        Hi

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        • Adian Patrick -  May 14, 2015 - 11:15 am

          I love you

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          • Bob Teh Builder -  May 16, 2015 - 7:38 pm

            reply train

    • coal williams -  May 14, 2015 - 9:57 am

      Yes kudos!!

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  25. Akshat -  May 8, 2015 - 11:02 am

    Yes, we are living in an age where we find ourselves surrounded by technology 24/7, so its quite useful for us to get the hang of such words that define cutting-edge technology. This way, we don’t feel this constant fear of being left out. My sophisticated friends, language is a progressive thing; it is bound to change, otherwise it will perish. It’s a matter of pride to maintain dignity of a language, nonetheless we shoudn’t be complaining of the natural course of change that a language takes. So, kudos to you guys for bringing these new words to mainstream usage!

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  26. BK -  May 7, 2015 - 6:31 pm

    Cool! Never knew that these words existed!
    !1@2#3$4%5^6&7*8(9)0_-+={[}]|\:;”‘./?~`

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  27. Paul Zarb -  May 7, 2015 - 4:56 pm

    I thought an agender should be one who has to do with agenda items _ not something to do with sex. It smacks of Microsoft’s “Populating a list” and that other silly word Infamous. A list is filled with items not people. A town or country is populated. The truth is that language is left to the ignorant and misunderstandings multiply because of this.

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    • AJ -  May 11, 2015 - 3:47 pm

      Just wanting to let you know that gender and sex are two different things. This is even recognized scientifically. Gender is classified by behavior and cultural identification whereas sex is classified by biology. Now you’re a little less ignorant yourself.

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    • Gorral -  May 12, 2015 - 4:47 pm

      What the hell’s wrong with the word ‘infamous’?

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    • Sandy -  May 13, 2015 - 12:06 am

      Gender has nothing to do with sex, why would you think agender is somehow related to sex?

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    • Dolly -  August 12, 2015 - 9:15 am

      “The truth is that language is left to the ignorant and misunderstandings multiply because of this.” So true!

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  28. luke lucas -  May 7, 2015 - 12:36 pm

    hey

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    • Eleven -  May 11, 2015 - 3:15 pm

      hey

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  29. kirk -  May 7, 2015 - 10:20 am

    How about electile-disfunction? The inability of elected officials to solve anything.

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    • John -  May 11, 2015 - 5:17 pm

      Hahahaha !

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    • crystal -  May 12, 2015 - 7:41 am

      you sir, gold medal for you

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    • Elizabeth -  May 13, 2015 - 12:32 pm

      So true.So true.

      And what about the word strangulation?Do they have that?

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    • Sheryl -  May 13, 2015 - 12:53 pm

      I love it!

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    • Clayton Newberry -  May 17, 2015 - 10:14 pm

      Government isn’t expected to solve the problems. Government IS the problem. Remember King Midas– everything he touched turned to gold. Government has the anti-Midas touch– everything government touches turns to s**t.

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    • Deborah Lippert -  May 8, 2015 - 9:23 pm

      The word I invented is, “idostinkracy.” It is self-explanatory for the most part. It means a sick/repulsive quirk of a person (myself included) that is particularly obnoxious to the observer.

      Example:”He was a handsome man but at our first meal together he would talk with his mouth wide open while churning his food! You could see the food getting mashed up and sometimes bits would fall out on his suit without him seeming to notice. How did he ever get to be this age without someone telling him of this idostinkracy of his?? No wonder he was still single! Yuk!”

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      • Jewboi -  May 11, 2015 - 11:15 am

        kys

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      • Adair -  May 13, 2015 - 6:55 am

        Judsonmagnet

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  30. Windoula -  May 7, 2015 - 9:24 am

    Am I the only person who ships real people? Like, friends of mine that I think should get together?

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    • berlynne -  May 7, 2015 - 12:32 pm

      No. I do too. All the time actually

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    • Mrsjkoster -  May 8, 2015 - 9:30 am

      No, you aren’t. It’s been going on for thousands of years as the term “matchmaking.” I’ve always thought it’s a great idea, too.

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    • Jasmine -  May 12, 2015 - 4:21 pm

      Lmao

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  31. pinkerelie -  May 6, 2015 - 11:48 pm

    i did not know the new words

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    • allen -  May 9, 2015 - 5:16 pm

      words are like music.. no new words, just combinations of existing words, in a different sequence, created for a new idea :)

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      • Nic -  May 14, 2015 - 6:58 pm

        False.

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    • pinkerelie -  May 11, 2015 - 11:21 pm

      the new words in the dictionary

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  32. iesedfn -  May 6, 2015 - 9:37 pm

    If you add “blackhat”, add “whitehat” and “grayhat”. Each represents a different level of motivation or ethics.

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    • luke lucas -  May 7, 2015 - 12:35 pm

      i need help someone come to kellyville schools and check me out i need help hurry

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    • Squall -  May 8, 2015 - 1:04 pm

      …and since all three have been in use since the 80s, they really should have been added a long time ago.

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  33. iesedfn -  May 6, 2015 - 9:25 pm

    “Shipping” is done with characters who are NOT in a canonical relationship. Fans don’t call it “shipping” when characters are actually in a romantic relationship with each other. It’s a fantasy of matchmaking, not declared relationships.

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    • berlynne -  May 7, 2015 - 12:34 pm

      We actually do Ship characters who are Together

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      • Yuma Chitose -  May 12, 2015 - 9:10 pm

        Unecessary capitals are the Devil.

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    • Amomynous -  May 7, 2015 - 2:20 pm

      People usually use it in that sense, but supporting a a canon couple is still technically shipping.

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    • Lyric -  May 7, 2015 - 6:42 pm

      Actually, shipping can be done when it comes to non-canon AND canon relationships. Shipping can involve virtually any kind of relationship: from the well-known and established, to the ambiguous or those undergoing development, and even to the highly improbable or blatantly impossible.

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      • epitheticBibliomaniac -  May 13, 2015 - 10:06 am

        Fan community: “Please give a warm welcome to crack pairings!”
        Nerdy fans who ‘know everything’: “..”
        NFwKE: “You’re not supposed to be here.”
        Creeps in the corner: “HEY GURL!!1!”

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    • Sandy -  May 13, 2015 - 12:08 am

      Nope, as a person in many fandoms I can say that canon or not, it’s still called shipping because you like the pairing.

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    • Marainne Farra -  May 7, 2015 - 2:47 am

      I think its absolutely ridiculous and embarrassing to those of us who still have any respect for the English language when we humor the stupidity of kids today and go along with whatever nonsensical blabber that comes out of their mouths and go ahead and endorse any stupid saying or mantra that they come up with and put it on a t-shirt or a bumper sticker, but I am truly astonished that something that calls itself “dictionary.com” would lower itself, for the sake of fad, I’m sure, to actually giving credit to this absolute, complete and utter (excuse my “language”) BULLSHIT!

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      • echo -  May 7, 2015 - 1:46 pm

        Thank you, Marainne Farra.

        I could not agree more.

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      • GISister -  May 7, 2015 - 1:58 pm

        New terms become englishable and other terms become obsolete over time. The word “technology” came into existence in the 1800s and all matters thereof have been addressed and will continue to be addressed… so don’t be beef-witted.

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      • Yamik -  May 7, 2015 - 2:50 pm

        At least someone here feels the same as me. Even though I myself am a child and also use many of these words, they’re words that belong on urbandictionary.com. The whole reason that urbandictionary exists is so that slang and UNOFFICIAL words can be given meaning. They arent meant to become real words. Then again, dictionary.com is just somehow trying to make money off of any teenager they can find, hoping lowering the English language down to their pitiful standards will make kids more likely to visit their website. All for the sake of money, I suppose…

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        • Yume -  August 28, 2015 - 4:11 pm

          The words on this list relating to gender should have become “real” words years ago. The words agender, bigender, transgender, genderfluid, and many others are not slang terms; they are words one would use to describe gender. They are legitimate terms and should be treated as such. Addressing your second point, this website is free and always has been, so I don’t know what “money” you are referring to. There is no profit gained from this website whatsoever.

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      • Paul Zarb -  May 7, 2015 - 4:57 pm

        Too true!

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      • Marley -  May 8, 2015 - 11:52 pm

        The job of a dictionary is to document the way language is used. The whole language, not just certain people’s favourite bits of it.

        If you want a style guide – someone’s opinion about which usages are “proper” in a particular circumstance – then by all means, read a style guide instead, there are plenty out there.

        English, like every other language, undergoes change constantly, and all words were once new. If you consider recognition of that to be “BULLSHIT”, it seems to me that “respecting the English language” is pretty much the opposite of what you’re doing. Respecting conservative stagnation, perhaps.

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        • Gorral -  May 12, 2015 - 4:59 pm

          You’re completely right!

          I mean, just try going into central London and expecting to understand what the younger locals are saying… English there has evolved into it’s own bizarre sub-language, for goodness sake! Seeing as that’s in the heart of Britain, who’s to say that they don’t speak ‘proper’ English?

          English is ever-expanding, ever-shifting, and we have to move along with it, not sit here bemoaning the changes. Progress has never been a thing intellectuals have discouraged, yet so many so-called ‘clever’ people–mainly online–are now desperate to hang onto the past at the cost of the present.

          What exactly is it that makes a ‘new’ word used today in any way less valid than a new word that was coined, say, two hundred years ago? Hell, perhaps we should undo the standardisation of spelling, too? That was widely opposed at the time, after all…

          Why can’t more people see what we do? The evolution of English is beautiful, and the innovation young people show in taking words and completely bastardising them (until they better fit what they want to express) is incredible. (See the word ‘bants’ for details–annoying, but somewhat more interesting than ‘cool’.)

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          • Gorral -  May 12, 2015 - 5:01 pm

            Sorry for the bad grammar above:

            My phone autocorrects like a… well, not a female-dog, but like a machine. Loose apostrophes and broken mdashes everywhere… :(

      • paul1033 -  May 9, 2015 - 2:06 pm

        and what exactly dont you like about these new words? maybe give some examples…

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      • Ariel -  May 10, 2015 - 12:04 pm

        Man, what’s it like to be this antiquated and crotchety?

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      • Gorral -  May 12, 2015 - 5:11 pm

        For someone who ‘loves’ the English language, you certainly don’t seem to have a working understanding of the purpose that commas serve. Also, when was the term bullshit coined; the late eighteen hundreds, wasn’t it? It’s not even a ‘real’ word, either, only ever being defined as ‘slang’, and vulgar slang at that.

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      • Vidalia -  May 12, 2015 - 6:10 pm

        u mad lol
        (In all seriousness- how do you think language changes and evolves over time? Shit ain’t gonna stay static, girl).

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      • Sam -  May 18, 2015 - 2:23 am

        I for one applaud thy opinion, Marainne! People, especially youth, have no business in appointing names to concepts that have none!

        However, I rather think thou is falling prey to many of these youth fantasies thyself. “Blabber?” “T-shirt?” “Bumper sticker?” “Fad?” Maybe thou could clarify thy terms in the Queen’s English.

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      • Anny Onomous -  May 20, 2015 - 6:48 pm

        Also, how can a person know when a colloquial slang term becomes a legitimate word? Does it just occur when people use the term widely enough that it is accepted into the language? Technically speaking, all words became words because they were commonly used.

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  34. Shaelee -  May 6, 2015 - 2:32 pm

    Completionist isn’t just about gamers, this is kinda stupid.
    So the official dictionary is becoming urbandictionary, it seems. :P Agender and stuff definitely should’ve been in there already, but basic? Nahhh man, nahh. That’s just a trendy word going around right now.

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    • allen -  May 9, 2015 - 5:18 pm

      nicely stated, Shaelee..

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  35. cat -  May 6, 2015 - 1:54 pm

    why is there a crack in the liberty bell? no one know

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    • h; -  May 6, 2015 - 5:02 pm

      there is no crack in liberty bell\

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      • allen -  May 9, 2015 - 5:22 pm

        is this another (very olde) urban legend? I was always of the understanding that it did indeed crack due to a flaw in the mixture of alloys… Did my 4th grade teacher lie to me? (again)

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        • allen -  May 9, 2015 - 5:35 pm

          Check History dot com, and learn the details…

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          • Jewboi -  May 11, 2015 - 11:16 am

            kys

  36. mary -  May 6, 2015 - 1:40 pm

    That completionist is new surprises me. We’ve used it for a long time to describe someone who collects every bit of some category of memorabilia, or every episode of a TV show, or reads every detail available about a pop culture interest.

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    • Jewboi -  May 11, 2015 - 11:15 am

      im a comletionist so u shuld kys

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    • Marie -  May 11, 2015 - 3:53 pm

      I’m not a lexicographer but from what I understand, they add words to the dictionary once they are widely enough spread and frequently enough used to be needed in a dictionary. They also tend to wait until they appear in print media (newspapers, magazines, etc.) So it frequently takes some time for new words to make it into the dictionary. Of course online use helps speed this up.

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  37. […] “Ship” is this weeks word in celebration of having its newest definition added to the dictionary just today! See their article, with more new words and definitions added on May 6, 2015, here. […]

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  38. Nocturne *Official* -  May 6, 2015 - 12:09 pm

    whoa, it’s about time…i would like to check the dark web out find some illegal things to report to the gov… but… they may be a majority of the dark web… –_–

    Just a thought.

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    • Hailey -  May 8, 2015 - 4:54 pm

      The gov very much knows about the dark web, in fact, they use it as bait, but there’s not much they can actually do.

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    • Me -  May 15, 2015 - 9:59 am

      No one likes a snitch

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