SALT LAKE CITY — If you stan new words being added to the dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s addition of over 640 words in April might make you happy.
And if you don’t know what ‘stan’ means, good news: it’s now officially a word you can look up on Merriam-Webster.
Here are some of the other words and compound phrases Merriam-Webster has officially added to the dictionary or provided more context for this month:
“EGOT”: the acronym for the achievement of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award
“buzzy”: generating buzz
“on-brand”: typical of a particular brand, public image or identity
“gender nonconforming”: exhibiting behavioral, cultural or psychological traits that do not correspond with the traits typically associated with one's sex
“stan”: an extremely or excessively enthusiastic fan; v: to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree
“swole”: extremely muscular
“clapback”: to respond quickly and sharply to criticismComment on this story
“vulture capitalism”: a form of venture capitalism in which aggressive methods are used to buy a distressed business with the intention of selling it at a profit
“bioabsorbable”: capable of being absorbed by living tissue
The meaning of the word “snowflake” has been updated to include, “someone regarded or treated as unique or special” and “someone who is overly sensitive.”
The word “peak” has also had its definition metaphorically extended to mean “being at the height of popularity, use or attention.”
To see more of Merriam-Webster’s additions, visit its website.