Natalie Southwick
November 07, 2015 9:17 am

Every year, grammar nerds across the world wait breathlessly to see which words will make the leap from social media and YouTube comments sections to the venerable pages of dictionaries and books made of real paper.

The heaviest hitter in the official word game is the Oxford English Dictionary, where, I imagine, a room full of middle-aged Brits in fancy wigs debate the merits of terms like photobomb, autotune, fratty, twerk and hot mess (all of which made the cut this year, for the record).

Not to be outdone, though, Dictionary.com is throwing its hat into the trendy word ring. On November 11, the site plans to add a number of new words to its database. The list of newbies includes a few “viral” words, which were born on the Internet and make those of us over the age of 25 feel really, really old.

The complete list hasn’t been released yet, but Mashable reports that a few of the new entries have leaked already. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the terms dictionary.com thinks will help keep it on top of the verbal trends of 2015:

  • digital citizen: a person who develops the skills and knowledge to effectively use the Internet and other digital technology, especially in order to participate responsibly in social and civic activities.
  • fleek: Slang. flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.
  • sapiosexual: a person who finds intelligence to be a sexually attractive quality in others.
  • Mx.: a title of respect prefixed to a person’s surname: unlike Mr., Mrs., or Ms., it does not indicate gender and may be used by a person with any or no specific gender identity.
  • yaaasSlang. Yes! (used as a strong expression of excitement, approval, agreement, etc.)

So, the next time a teacher or editor tries to correct or change your perfectly-placed “yaaas” in a piece of writing, rest assured that you’ll be able to direct them toward Dictionary.com to confirm your correct use of the word.

This isn’t the first time this year that the site has updated its listings. Back in May, Dictionary.com announced another round of additions to its database, adding terms including basic, hyperlocal, microaggression, revenge porn and ship. Here are a few of the gems from May’s list:

  • basic: characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior
  • blackhat: a hacker who violates the security of a system for personal profit or for the gratification of causing damage
  • brogrammer: a male computer programmer who is characterized as a bro.
  • dox: to publish the private personal information of (another person) without the consent of that individual
  • microaggression: a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype
  • ship: to take an interest in a romantic relationship between fictional characters or famous people

[Image: via MemeCrunch]

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