New Words in American English, 2018 Edition

One of the leading (most popular) American English dictionaries, Merriam-Webster, has just published a list of 840 “new” words in English. Here are some you may want to know:

TL;DR – “Too long; didn’t read” – This is sometimes used before a summary or short version of a long blog post or document. For example, if you post a long story on your Facebook page about how your boyfriend/girlfriend has left you, you might also write, “So, TL;DR It’s over!”

hangry – This word combines “hungry” and “angry” and refers to how some people are not very happy when they haven’t eaten. “He was hangry when he came home after work, so he yelled at his dog.”

time suck – something that takes up a lot of your time. “Reading long Facebook posts can be a real time suck.”

rando – This word comes from “random,” and refers to a person you do not know or recognize. It is often used to describe a person you don’t know who is somehow annoying you or interfering with what you’re doing. “I was waiting in line at the post office and some rando guy came up to me and asked me for $10.”

I guess I could have put at the beginning of this post, “TL;DR English keeps changing!”


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