throw shade

US slang

  1. :  to express contempt or disrespect for someone publicly especially by subtle or indirect insults or criticisms

This is one of the many words that were introduced to the Merriam Webster Dictionary recently this week.

Dictionaries are constantly changing and adding new definitions to accommodate the way terms are being used in today’s world.

As  a result, the Merriam Webster Dictionary has added over 1,000 words this week. The words range from slangs to medicine, and even technology.

The Merriam Webster has been known for adapting words to the time period that they are currently living. For example, up until 2009, the definition of marriage in the MW dictionary defined marriage as a contract between a man and a woman, and they decided to add the unity of same sex marriage as part of the definition in 2009.

As seen in the examples above, Merriam Webster tries to incorporate what culture today thinks of a certain word.

Whether it’s an important issue such as accepting different kinds of views, that were once seen down upon, to slang terms and metaphoric phrases like being a “trainwreck.”

If you’d like to give suggestions of new words you’d like to see in the dictionary, or you would like to see the meaning of a word be changed please click here for more information.



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