by Bella Rum
Dictionary.com unveiled its newest word entries today. They added over a thousand new words. Some are words we’ve used for a long time but now have additional definitions, and some are words we’re not familiar with at all, and others we’ve only heard or read recently. I heard one last night on The Good Wife. It was used to describe a meticulous lawyer who left no stone unturned in the defense of her client – completionist: a player who attempts to complete every challenge and earn every achievement or trophy in a video game.
It’s interesting to see how these words work their way into the mainstream.
One of my favorites is slacktivism: actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk: students engaging in slacktivism by signing an online petition.
agender: relating to a person who does not have a specific gender identity or recognizable gender expression.
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.
completionist: a player who attempts to complete every challenge and earn every achievement or trophy in a video game.
crash blossom: an ambiguously worded headline whose meaning can be interpreted in the wrong way, as “Missing Woman Remains Found.”
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 the consent of that individual.
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 or depending on the situation.
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.
lifehack: a tip, trick, or efficient method for doing or managing a day-to-day task or activity.
microaggression: a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype.
permadeath: (in a game, often a video game) the permanent death of a defeated character, after which the player of the game cannot continue with the same character.
ship: to take an interest in a romantic relationship between fictional characters or famous people.
slacktivism: actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk: students engaging in slacktivism by signing an online petition.
smartwatch: a computing device that resembles a wristwatch and is attached to a band worn around the wrist.