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Merriam-Webster adds 850 new words including 'dumpster fire'


WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - It's official, "dumpster fire" is now an official term in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The dictionary released 850 new words on Monday including dumpster fire, chiweenie and wordie.


The organization describes "dumpster fire" as "an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence : disaster."

The organization explains a "chiweenie." is a type of dog mixed between a chihuahua and a dachshund. Other mixed dog breads like "schnoodle" and "Yorkie-poo" join "chiweenie."


Wordie was also added and means "a lover of words."

"The words we use are constantly changing in big ways and small, and we're here to record those changes. Each word has taken its own path in its own time to become part of our languageβ€”to be used frequently enough by some in order to be placed in a reference for all. If you're likely to encounter a word in the wild, whether in the news, a restaurant menu, a tech update, or a Twitter meme, that word belongs in the dictionary," Merriam-Webster said in a statment.

Another word, embiggen, which emerged first on the Simpsons television show and is used more frequently on the Ms. Marvel series.

And"mansplain," meaning "to explain something to a woman in a condescending way that assumes she has no knowledge about the topic," was added. Webster explaining while the first know use of the word was in 2008, it has "quickly shown its utility".

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