Dictionary.com expands to include ‘brogrammer,’ ‘revenge porn’

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In a move to stay internet-current, another online dictionary is adding slang words and tech terms to its official lexicon.

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Among the new words added Wednesday to Dictionary.com are ‘brogrammer,’ ‘astroturfing,’ ‘smartwatch’ and ‘slacktivism.’

The entries reflect what has been buzzy, what has been in the news and simply, what people do not fully understand.

On their blog (yes, Dictionary.com has its own blog), the company said they tracked what people were searching for and not finding on the site (‘dox,’ ‘microaggression’).

From there they consulted the word’s use in publications and around the web and if significant, gave it official Dictionary.com official word status.

Gender-inclusive words ‘Bigender,’ ‘agender’ and ‘gender-fluid’ are among the new entries in addition to AppleWatch-inspired phrases ‘smartwatch’ and ‘gesture.’

Dictionary.com also updated some words to reflect new connotations and meanings. Now the definitions under ‘basic‘ include “characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior.”

Terms that failed to make the cut include ‘fleek’ and ‘bae.’

Here is the sample of entries Dictionary.com posted today:

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.


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