Kenya Foy
July 23, 2016 6:05 am
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If the urban dictionary has miserably failed you on your quest to comprehend words like “misgender,” “intersectionality,” and “woke,” then rejoice: Dictionary.com is here to help you reduce that embarrassingly long list of words that you’ve been misusing.

For the time being, Microsoft Word still highlights some of the aforementioned words with a squiggly line, but there’s no need to tilt your head to the side in confusion because Dictionary.com just added over 300 new words and updated 1,700 existing entries. Finally, you can stop trying in vain to explain to people that “being woke” has absolutely nothing to do with your crappy sleep patterns.

Here’s a list of all the other terms that we can now use without someone telling us “that’s not a real word”:

al desko: eating at one’s desk in an office.

athleisure: a style of clothing inspired by athletic apparel but also worn as casual, everyday wear.

butthurt: mental distress or irritation caused by an overreaction to a perceived personal slight.

Daesh: a name used to refer to ISIS/ISIL, the radical Sunni Muslim organization.

deso: designated driver.

free-range parenting: a style of child rearing in which parents allow their children to move about without constant adult supervision, aimed at instilling independence and self-reliance.

ghosting: the practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship.

health goth: a fitness enthusiast who is part of the goth subculture.

hijra: a person whose gender identity is neither male nor female, typically a person who was born male and dresses as a woman.

hot take: a superficially researched and hastily written journalistic piece, online post, etc., that presents opinions as facts and is often moralistic.

intersectionality: the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual.

lamestream: noting or relating to traditional print and broadcast media, when regarded as lacking the fairness, creativity, etc., of independent online news sources.

long-form: noting or relating to types of print or visual media content characterized by in-depth, lengthy narratives.

lumbersexual: a man whose style of dress and appearance is reminiscent of the ruggedly masculine stereotype of the lumberjack.

manspread: to sit with one’s legs far apart, taking up too much space on a seat shared with other people.

Minecraft: a sandbox video game with construction, crafting, exploration, and combat mechanics, available on many game platforms.

misgender: to refer to or address (a person, especially one who is transgender) with a pronoun, noun, or adjective that inaccurately represents the person’s gender or gender identity.

mom jeans: unstylish women’s jeans.

NBD: acronym for no big deal.

panromantic: noting or relating to a person who is romantically attracted to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Pokémon: a media franchise including video games, animated television series, movies, card games, etc. that depict a fictional class of pet monsters and their trainers.

presstitute: a journalist or media source whose news coverage is considered to be inappropriately influenced by business interests, political motives, etc.

totes: totally.

train wreck: a person who has experienced a personal failure, disaster, etc.

warmist: a person who accepts global warming as a reality (a term used by people who reject the concept).

woke: actively aware of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those related to civil and human rights.

ze: occasionally used with a singular indefinite pronoun or singular noun antecedent in place of the definite masculine he or the definite feminine she.

Zika virus: a chiefly mosquito-borne virus of the genus Flavivirus that causes Zika, a mild illness.

Honestly, we’re not sure what to make of the fact that gender-specific language that helps highlight when people use the wrong pronouns only made it into the dictionary after words like awesomesauce and wine o’clock but we’re cool with celebrating the fact that the dictionary continues progressing with time.

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