There are two types of people in the world: the ones who confidently employ Internet terms IRL and the ones who are apprehensive to incorporate them into their vocab in fear of saying them incorrectly.
Well, whether or not you know how to properly use "digital citizen" or "Mx" in a sentence, there's good news. The most important online slang from 2015 is being added to the dictionary—meaning validation for those who are fluent in "fleek" and enlightenment for those who aren't. YAAAS!
Dictionary.com, which is arguably just as relevant as Merriam-Webster's these days, will be adding a long list of new words to their database on November 11—several of them with viral roots. The full list is still unavailable, but a number of web-inspired definitions have already been released. Here are a few of the gems that have been deemed worthy of scholarly interpretation:
- Digital citizen: a person who develops the skills and knowledge to effectively use the Internet and other digital technology, especially in order to participate responsibly in social and civic activities.
- Fleek: Slang.flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.
- Sapiosexual: a person who finds intelligence to be a sexually attractive quality in others.
- Mx: a title of respect prefixed to a person's surname: unlike Mr., Mrs., or Ms., it does not indicate gender and may be used by a person with any or no specific gender identity.
- Yaaas: Slang. Yes! (used as a strong expression of excitement, approval, agreement, etc.)
Needless to say, we feel smart AF RN. To celebrate, let's revisit Ariana Grande's glorious rendition of "Eyebrows on Fleek" (first made famous by Vine star, Peaches Monroe):
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