Jill Layton
April 23, 2016 8:24 am
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As creatures of the internet, we’re constantly looking for ways to make communication easier and quicker. Which is why it’s never surprising when our peers start using made-up words or acronyms to express their thoughts in a concise way.

And it happens fast. Modern words spread like wildfire across the internet, and for anyone left in the dust, all it takes is a quick Google to be in the know. Or maybe a few Googles, because come on, there are a lot of new words to remember — like ICYMI, for example. People are basically creating a brand new modern language.

In fact, many of the new internet-y words are now official. Merriam-Webster has added over 1,400 new words and phrases and 700 new senses of existing words to their dictionary — many of which you’ll probably recognize, while some you may not.

Even though it may seem like Merriam-Webster might add words on a whim, it actually takes a lot of time and research before new words are added.

“The new entries and senses offer a kind of snapshot of how exactly our language expands,” according to Unabridged portion of the Merriam-Websiter website. “It doesn’t happen quickly — we monitored many of these words for years before they’d met our criteria for entry — and it’s pushed by various fields and endeavors.”

Unabridged has rounded up some of the best new words and their meanings:

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

“Used to draw attention to something published or posted online earlier.”

TMI: Too Much Information

“Used especially to suggest that someone has revealed personal information that would better be kept private.”

FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out

“Fear of not being included in something (such as an interesting or enjoyable activity) that others are experiencing.”

HELLA: Very, Extremely

Wacky Tobacky: Marijuana

It’s been used in anti drug ads and has been around since the ’70s, and is probably the most clever way we’ve ever heard Marijuana described.

Urban Fantasy: “A genre of imaginative fiction featuring supernatural characters or elements in an urban setting.”

Bitcoin: “A digital currency created for use in peer-to-peer online transactions.”

Revenge Porn: “Sexually explicit images of a person posted online without that person’s consent, especially as a form of revenge or harassment.”

Dox: “To publicly identify or publish private information about (someone), especially as a form of punishment or revenge.”

Athleisure: “Casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use.”

Nomophobia: “Fear of being without access to a working cell phone.”

The fear is real.

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