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Get online NOW, all you logophiles (word nerds)! Two leading dictionary companies have added 1,300 words to their online word references in February.

Merriam-Webster kicked off the trend on Feb. 6 by adding 1,000 new words. And with Love of Reading Month and Read Across America recently happening, could this American English dictionary add any better word than “Seussian”?

As you might’ve guessed, Seussian is an adjective of American origin, meaning “of, relating to, or suggestive of the works of Dr. Seuss.” And for those Whos who might not know, Read Across America reading celebrations happen on March 2, the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

“We just added more than 1,000 new words to the dictionary from ‘binge-watch’ to ‘Seussian,” reads the Merriam-Webster online announcement. “Just as the English language constantly grows, so does the dictionary. More than 1,000 new words have been added, including terms from recent advances in science, borrowings from foreign languages and words from tech, medicine, pop culture, sports, and everything in between.”

A few other faves are conlang—an invented language like Elvish or Klingon, prosopagnosia—the inability to recognize faces, and a definition update for ghost—the practice of abruptly cuting off all contact with someone (like a recent ex-girlfriend or boyfriend) by no longer accepting or responding to calls and messages.

The Oxford Dictionaries are the online references from England’s Oxford University, which just added 300 new English words like bronde—adj., denoting hair

coloured so as to have both blonde and brown sections or strands, and craptacular—adj., remarkably poor or disappointing.

Visit these fun and informative sites: Merriam-Webster.com and OxfordDictionaries.com.

Edition: 
Phoenix
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March 2017