24 New Words Added to Dictionary.com and What They Mean

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24 New Words Added to Dictionary.com and What They Mean

24 New Words Added to Dictionary.com and What They Mean


Dictionary.com has added hundreds of new words to its online, searchable dictionary. Many of these words reflect our tech-focused society as well as a greater understanding of human gender and the way we interact with one another. Which ones do you already know, and which are new to you?

agender: relating to a person who does not have a specific gender identity or recognizable gender expression

anecdata: anecdotal evidence based on personal observations but presented as fact

astroturfing: the deceptive tactic of simulating grassroots support for a cause

basic: characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior

bigender: relating to a person who has two gender identities or some combination of both

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

crash blossom: an ambiguously worded headline whose meaning can be interpreted in the wrong way, as “Missing Woman Remains Found”

cybercrime: criminal activity or a crime that involves the Internet, a computer system, or computer technology

dark web: the portion of the Internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, uses masked IP addresses, and is accessible only with a special web browser

dox: to publish the private personal information of another person without their consent

esports: competitive tournaments of video games

gender-fluid: relating to a person whose gender identity or gender expression is not fixed and shifts over time depending on the situation

glanceable: relating to information on an electronic screen that can be understood quickly or at a glance

gesture: a particular movement of the fingers or hand over a screen, used to control or interact with a digital device

haptics: the study or use of tactile sensations and the sense of touch as a method of interacting with computers and electronic devices

hyperlocal: focused on a very small geographical community, as a neighborhood

microaggression: a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other non-dominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype

mRDC: mobile remote deposit capture; a method of depositing a check by using a mobile device to scan an image of it and transmit the image to a bank

parallax: a 3-D effect observed when images and other elements in the foreground of a screen move at a different rate than those in the background

revenge porn: sexually suggestive images of someone, typically a former romantic partner, that are posted online without the person’s consent

ship: a romantic relationship between fictional characters or famous people, whether or not the romance actually exists, as in fan fiction

smartwatch: a computing device that resembles a wristwatch and is attached to a band worn around the wrist

swat: (especially among online video gamers) to cause a SWAT team to be deployed on an unsuspecting victim by falsifying a threat, often as a punishment or retaliation

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