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Merriam-Webster beefs up, adds 'swole' to the dictionary

A total of 640 new words were added Monday.

April 23, 2019

BOSTON (KNOU) — The dictionary just got a bit heavier as the people at Merriam-Webster added 640 new words Monday.

Perhaps you've heard your gym buddies announce they're going to get "swole," or you've referred to picking up your morning coffee in a "go-cup."

If people are talking about a new movie or TV show, it's said to be "buzzy." 

In order for these words to be included, they have to reach, what editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski calls "critical mass," showing up in daily usage.

All of the latest usages are put into MW's online dictionary first, with many making it into the print versions of the Collegiate Dictionary. 

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