We updated our dictionary! You now have a new and improved Dictionary.com. How can something be both “new” and “improved”? We added 183 new words and updated 146 existing definitions to reflect our ever-evolving language. We also added more detailed notes about word usage, word history, and synonyms to some very particular words, like zucchini, expediate, and assume.

Even though we don’t constantly think about it, language changes subtly every day. Vocabulary is one way to measure this linguistic shift. When we add new words to the dictionary, we recognize they are now being used by a substantial portion of the population. (We do not just add words that we think should be used.) How do we choose which words to add to the dictionary? Learn more about neologisms and codification here.

A few popular words from last year made the cut, including tebowing and Zumba. Some words aren’t new to the language, but have acquired new meaning. For example, aught is now used to describe the last decade. Here are a few more of our favorites:

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Are words ever removed from the dictionary? Oh yes. Learn how here.

What do you think we should add on our next update?

Bulging belly buttons in babies usually go away after year

Chicago Sun-Times January 30, 1992 | Dr. Paul Donohue; Paul G. Donohue (STANDARD) Q. My daughter had a baby boy, who is now about a month old. He has a herniated belly button. It is about the size of a golf ball. I’ve had four children of my own and three other grandchildren and never experienced this. Should something be done? Please offer your opinion. see here strep throat contagious

A. After birth, the stomach muscles surrounding the umbilical-cord entrance close naturally. When that closure is delayed or incomplete for one reason or another, a hernia, a bulge in the weakened area, occurs. This is very common in babies of low birth weight and more so in black infants than others.

Most umbilical hernias that appear before six months disappear by the end of the baby’s first year. Surgery is indicated only if the hernia has not disappeared between the ages of 3 and 5, if it shows progressive enlargement between ages 1 and 2, or if a piece of intestine has become trapped and cannot be freed.

Q. Just recently I found out that a young friend has a rare disease called Alport’s. Please tell me about this.

A. Briefly, Alport’s syndrome is an inherited illness with two important signs – deafness and kidney disturbance. Although there is no cure, both the deafness and kidney disturbance can be helped. web site strep throat contagious

Q. Is it possible to eat shellfish all one’s life and then have anaphylactic reaction to it?

A. Yes. In fact it is the usual thing to have a sudden allergy to something you have eaten with impunity in the past. This happened to me with penicillin.

However, anaphylaxis is an intense and dangerous reaction – breathing loss and great drop in blood pressure, for example. It is, fortunately, a rare allergy manifestation. You have piqued our imagination. Would you like to expand on just what happened to you?

Q. Is a strep throat contagious to others? I am a young mother who will probably have reason to understand strep throat.

A. Yes, it is contagious. This is why a youngster should be kept home until 24 hours after starting antibiotics and until fever has subsided.

Dr. Paul Donohue; Paul G. Donohue (STANDARD)


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  6. LOL -  May 11, 2012 - 1:02 am

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  10. AR -  May 3, 2012 - 11:16 am

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  12. Jason A. Astor -  April 26, 2012 - 1:34 pm

    could we put a new word in the dictionary because i was thinking of huogoliene(hyoo-go-lane) meaning very funny

  13. Jason A. Astor -  April 26, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    could we make up our own words and put them in the dictionary? because ive been thinking “huoline”- (meaning with lots of laghter) :) PLEASE!!!! :O
    anyhoo its pronounced (hyoo-lane)

  14. Jason A. Astor -  April 26, 2012 - 1:01 pm

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