22 New Words That Were Added to the Dictionary Last Year

"Welp" is officially a thing now.

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Merriam-Webster was very busy last year. The trusty reference added to its guide in 2018, giving the thumbs-up to lots of texting and internet slang, new abbreviations for fave foods, and even expanded definitions for old words, such as GOAT. Here's what entered the official lexicon in 2018.

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Adorbs

Why say adorable when you can now officially cut it down to six letters with adorbs? The dictionary is starting to feature more abbreviations, which could also affect how you talk about food (more on that later).

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Mocktail

Cocktails will get you tipsy, but mocktails are just plain delicious. Whether you've given up alcohol or are under the age of 21, you'll likely order a mocktail.

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Instagramming

It's not just the name of an app anymore, people. Meet your new favorite verb, Instagramming, which is the act of uploading a photo to the 'gram.

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Hangry

Next time you're upset, ask yourself, "When was the last time I ate?" If your anger is due to hunger, go grab a burger so you're no longer hangry.

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Glamping

It's not just camping. It's glamorous camping — and it usually means spending a night in the great outdoors with beds, electricity, and even indoor plumbing (so you're not really outdoors at all).

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Airplane Mode

FYI: Turning off your phone's wireless networks will also save your battery when you're not flying and dangerously approaching 0%.

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Kombucha

This fermented tea drink packs in probiotics thanks to the magical effects of yeast and beneficial bacteria. P.S. If you don't want to pay $4 per bottle, you can brew your own at home.

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Bingeable

Merriam-Webster defines this adjective as "having multiple episodes or parts that can be watched in rapid succession," but it might as well have shown pictures of Homecoming or Sharp Objects instead.

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Schnoodle

Mix a schnauzer and a poodle and you'll get one very cute schnoodle. Also new to the books this year: chiweenie (Chihuahua and dachshund) and Yorkie-poo (Yorkshire terrier and poodle).

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GOAT

It stands for "greatest of all time," and you'll usually hear the acronym as a descriptor for LeBron James, Serena Williams, or Tom Brady.

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Marg

Merriam-Webster noticed people started abbreviating just about everything (like rando and fav), and therefore you can officially get away with calling your margarita a marg.

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Avo

Likewise, both avo and guac also got approved as standalone words this year.

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Welp

Your other go-to text responses like hmm, ooh, and mm-hmm also made the cut, causing your middle school English teacher to go "welp!"

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Cryptocurrency

The "crypto" part comes from the fact that these digital currencies use (i.e., computerized encoding) to prevent counterfeiting.

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Tzatziki

This garlicky Greek yogurt dip (yum) appeared on enough menus to make the crossover into English.

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Dumpster Fire

You could describe a disaster as "an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation," or you can just go with the much more vivid "dumpster fire," first used by a very poetic wordsmith in 2008.

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Zoodles

The portmanteau zucchini noodle dish tastes as good as it sounds. This Asian sesame version belongs in your dinner line-up for 2019.

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Demonym

Whether you identify as a Hoosier or Sooner, Californian or Floridian, the word you use to describe where you're from is a demonym.

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Dark Chocolate

The recently added compound word clarifies that dark chocolate is more than just dark in color, as it usually contains a higher percentage of cocoa and no milk. Maybe you should have a few squares to celebrate the new addition ...

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Generation Z

Anyone born in the late 1990s and early 2000s escaped being labeled as a millennial.

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Self-Care

It means exactly what it sounds like — care for oneself — but now more than ever people are actively prioritizing their own mental and physical health.

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TL;DR

In the interest of keeping it short, TL;DR simply stands for too long; didn't read.

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