1,000 new words added to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Technology has enabled Merriam-Webster in Springfield to add a great many words to the dictionary every year.

Merriam-Webster Online has added more than 1,000 new words through its website; something that would require printing a new dictionary. Editor-at-Large Peter Sokolowski told 22News about how new words gain credibility with Merriam-Webster editors.

“If a word occurs frequently in the press, or in movies, or in novels, or magazines, then that’s a word that should be in the dictionary. If a word has entered the culture, it should enter the dictionary,” Sokolowski said.

Of the 1,000 new dictionary-approved words, “Seussian” is Sokolowski’s favorite, because it so completely captures the essence of everything related to Springfield’s favorite son, literary icon Dr. Seuss.


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