Sarah Terry
July 11, 2017 10:33 pm

Words are very important. We use them every day, and we rely on language to convey our thoughts, feelings, ideas, etc. And while most words might feel like they’ve been around forever, our language and lexicon changes over time. In fact, many common words we use all the time were added to our lexicon (and dictionaries) relatively recently.

Our culture constantly changes, as do the words we use to describe it. And with social media and the internet, things change even faster. Just check out this incredible list of words that weren’t in the dictionary until the last fifteen years.

1Adorbs (adj.): Arousing great delight; cute or adorable.

Because we always need new ways to describe things of cuteness. Added 2014.

2Awesomesauce (adj.): Extremely good; excellent.

Because we needed to smother something really cool all over the great things that happen in our lives. Added 2015.

3Bestie (n.): A person’s best friend.

Because our BFFs are the most important. Added 2014. We can’t believe it took this long to add!

4Bling (n.): Expensive, ostentatious clothing and jewelry.

Because this word perfectly sums up the visual effect of really great jewelry. Added 2003.

5Blog (n.): A regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Because the internet changed everything and gave us a whole new vocabulary. Added 2003.

6Bromance (n.): A close but non-sexual relationship between two men.

Nick and Schmidt do it best. Added 2011.

7Facepalm (n.): A gesture in which the palm of one’s hand is brought to one’s face as an expression of dismay, exasperation, embarrassment, etc.

Because we needed a way to express this important emotion. And it’s another one that took a really long time to add. Added 2017.

8Frenemy (n.): A person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.

Because we always keep our enemies closer. Added 2009.

9Hangry (adj.): Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.

Because this affects all of us when our food is taking forever to arrive. Added 2015.

10Muggle (n.): A non-magical person.

God bless  Harry Potter. Added 2003.

11Photobomb (v.): Spoil a photograph of (a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera’s field of view as the picture is taken, typically as a prank or practical joke.

Before this word came along, how did you describe super awkward photos? Added 2017.

12Selfie (n.): A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.

Because cell phone cameras totally changed the game. Added 2014.

13Slay (v.): Greatly impress or amuse (someone).

Because Beyoncé. Added 2017.

14Unfriend (v.): Remove (someone) from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking website.

Because Facebook. Added 2009.

15Wackadoodle (adj.): Eccentric or fanatical.

Because there’s always room for more hilarious-sounding words. Added 2014.

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