New English Words in 2017

Image of the English Language DictionaryMerriam-Webster has added more than 250 words to its dictionary in 2017. Thanks to social media in politics, a new definition of “troll” has been added, as has the inclusion of “alt-right.” Meanwhile, the Oxford English Dictionary has added the term “fatberg,” a body of cooking fat that has hardened after being poured down a drain. Twitter, too, has surprised lexicographers with countless new words in the English language. The following are some of 2017’s accepted and submitted words to the Webster and Oxford dictionaries.

Social Media-Related Words

– Usie: “a group selfie; photo of a group taken by one of the people in the picture.”

– Selfiegenic: “attractive in selfies.”

– Tweetoric: “online postings designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningfulness.”

– Hyperconnected: “characterized by the widespread or habitual use of devices that have internet connectivity.”

– Elationship: “a relationship that only exists through electronic media; the state of only knowing or contacting someone via the internet, instant messaging, or social media” —as in “He was in an elationship with the girl next door.”

– Lolification: “the state or condition of being very funny; the ultimate LOL used in text messages for very funny statements.”

Words Describing Men, Women, and Attire

– Matrified: “having a fear of becoming a mother.”

– Patrified: “having a fear of becoming a father.”

– Lovike: “an emotion that is stronger than liking but not as strong as loving.”

– Sursy: “an unexpected small gift.”

– Swagnificent: “impressively beautiful, elaborate, or striking.”

– Snowveralls: “overalls made to be worn in the snow.”

– Phosisticated: “attempting too hard to act smarter than you are.”

Other Great Entries

– Intersneeze: “the moment in between sneezes.”

– Chronomentrophobia: “an irrational or extreme fear of clocks.”

– Rekt: “completely destroyed or humiliated.”

– Cybernate: “to take a break from computer use; to temporarily suspend one’s online presence.”

– Legiterately: “legitimately and literally.”


With Webster’s 250 and more than 1,000 additions to Oxford, society’s English language keeps expanding.

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