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Sriracha Among 250 Words or Definitions Added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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Merriam-Webster has added more than 250 new words and definitions to its dictionary in the last month, including commonly used words from the worlds of food, sports, politics and technology.


Sriracha: a pungent sauce that is made from hot peppers pureed with usually garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar and that is typically used as a condiment

Froyo: short for frozen yogurt


Face Mask: a penalty imposed on a player for grabbing and pulling an opponent's face mask during play

Bunny: an easy shot (such as a layup) taken close to the basket


Alt-Right: a right-wing, primarily online political movement or grouping based in the U.S. whose members reject mainstream conservative politics and espouse extremist beliefs and policies typically centered on ideas of white nationalism

Dog Whistle: an expression or statement that has a secondary meaning intended to be understood only by a particular group of people


Ransonware: malware that requires the victim to pay a ransom to access encrypted files

Troll: to antagonize (others) online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content

MORE: Merriam-Webster New Words September 2017

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