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They’re dictionary-worthy (seriously!)

They’re dictionary-worthy (seriously!)
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Have you been shamed or teased for using slang words like “adorbs” or “fave”? Well, turns out you’re well within your rights to use them – they’re now in the dictionary! Here are some more surprising words that seem casual or “slang-y” – but have earned a spot in the dictionary.

Bingeable

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As the way we do things changes, our language adapts to the new customs as well. Take watching TV: Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime, we no longer just get one episode a week. Entire seasons are available at once, so we can sit down and watch them back-to-back, or “binge” them. New shows that are worthy of such a binge are deemed “bingeable.” For example, “Netflix’s Squid Game is the most bingeable show I’ve watched in a while – I finished it in two days.”

Hangry

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Everyone gets cranky when they need to eat, and this slang combination word, or “portmanteau,” perfectly captures what’s going on: You’re angry because you’re hungry. But here’s where one of your favourite slang words actually comes from: Merriam-Webster reports the mashup “hangry” was first used in 1918, which is hard to believe as it illustrates the modern word combo trend so well. But we traced that reference in the Oxford English Dictionary, the definitive guide to English language history, and yep, there it is, in a quote from author Arthur Ransome: “The elephant is very hungry and hangry from having had no dinner.”

Rando

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Apparently pronouncing one letter more in the already slang use of the word “random” is too much for today’s youth. In years past, “random” trended as a way to express dismay at something that was unexpected or unwelcome (“That guy showing up at the party was so random”). But “rando” finesses the disparaging slang into noun form: “Some rando just showed up at the party.” And actually, Merriam-Webster notes “rando” can also be used as an adjective, so we might be saying goodbye to the slang use of “random” all together.

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Zoodle

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Another favourite way slang terms get made is by combining two previously separate words into one term to describe a new trend. For example, you’ve probably heard of the recent practice of making veggies into spaghetti-like shapes, often used to trick unsuspecting children into eating their vegetables or by dieters to trick themselves in thinking they’re eating carbs. Such noodles made with zucchini thus become “zoodles.” Used in a sentence: “These zoodles taste amazing! You’d never know they were made with zuke.” (Yes, zucchini’s shortened slang form is also now in the dictionary.)

Adorbs

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Some words don’t just get shortened: They get a cutesy, or some would say silly, tacked-on ending. In this case, the slang term adorbs, first used in 2008, is short for adorable. Why? Who knows, but it is catchy. Use it in a sentence like this: “OMG, your new shoes are totes adorbs!”

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Vacay

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One of the words added to the dictionary for 2019, vacay is one of many modern entries that are simply shortened versioned of actual words. According to Merriam-Webster, the truncated form of vacation was first used in 1991. Does this word-shortening trend signal the end of proper English? That’s something to mull over on your vacay while you’re chilling on the beach.

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Stinger

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If you guessed this word refers to the pointy end of a bee or a harsh remark that stings, you’d be right – but a new slang definition was added to the list of meanings in 2019. Stinger also now officially refers to the short scene that appears during or after the closing credits of a movie or TV show. As in, “Be sure to watch to the end of the credits or you might miss the stinger.”

Mocktail

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Every pregnant woman knows this one: It’s like a cocktail, but without the alcohol, hence “mock.” Don’t you love it when the perfect word rhymes like that? Such a happy coincidence that makes for great a new compound term. Merriam-Webster notes the word goes all the way back to 1916. But “mocktail” earned its place in the dictionary because of its recent gain in popularity, as more bars are offering a greater selection of tasty concoctions without the hangover: “I’ll take a mocktail as I have an early morning meeting.”

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Fabulosity

Fabulosity
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There’s already a noun for the adjective fabulous: the tongue-tying “fabulousness.” But fabulosity goes beyond that to embody a state of being fabulous that’s totally in step with modern times. This word, added last month, is not just about glamour: Fabulosity encompasses loving yourself, having style and exuding charisma. For example, “Her friends encouraged her to get in touch with her inner fabulosity.”

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