'Jeggings', 'WTF', and 'Twerk' Added to the Dictionary

Merriam-Webster officially defines 1,700 trendy new terms in its latest edition.

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At the rate words are created and popularized these days, it seems the real dictionary reads more and more like Urban Dictionary every day. In the latest edition, the ever-evolving Merriam-Webster dictionary has grown to incorporate a few more of today's trendiest terms. 1,700 to be exact.

Most of the new additions fall under the lexicon of our social media-driven, digital-dependent lives, some with a fashion focus. So now when a friend sends you a NSFW meme of Miley Cyrus twerking topless without a warning, it is perfectly correct to say WTF and add an angry emoji. Or when your basic (when will that definition be updated??) roommate doesn't understand why your upcycled Re/Done jeans are superior to her jeggings, you can simply suggest she look it up.

Here, a few of the newly appointed definitions you should know:

emoji (n.) : any of various small images, symbols, or icons used in text fields in electronic communication (as in text messages, email, and social media) to express the emotional attitude of the writer, convey information succinctly, communicate a message playfully without using words, etc.

WTF (abbrev.) : what the f*ck — used especially to express or describe outraged surprise, recklessness, confusion, or bemusement

jegging (n.) : a legging that is designed to resemble a tight-fitting pair of denim jeans and is made of a stretchable fabric

photobomb (v.) : to move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank

clickbait (n.) : something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest

meme (n.) : an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture; an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media

NSFW (abbrev.) : not safe for work; not suitable for work — used to warn someone that a website, e-mail attachment, etc., is not suitable for viewing at most places of employment

upcycle (v.) : to recycle (something) in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item

twerk (v.) : sexually suggestive dancing characterized by rapid, repeated hip thrusts and shaking of the buttocks, especially while squatting

Sarah Lindig

I am an experienced editor, writer, and creative strategist, specializing in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle content for digital media outlets, as well as video and social platforms. While I currently operate as a freelance contributor/consultant, with such clients as The Zoe Report, my 10+-year background in the industry was cultivated at the dot-coms of elite publications, including Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, and Marie Claire.