Plus 10 idioms — like “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” — that we don’t get
Welp, this may elicit a smize from you.
On Wednesday, Dictionary.com released its list of the top words that people are searching for this year that haven’t yet been added to the dictionary.
No. 1 on the list: antifa , which the company defines as “a shortened version of anti-fascist.” It began to rise in popularity this year after the violent protests in Charlottesville, and was getting used so much that CNN released an article in August called “What is Antifa.” It noted that “the term is used to define a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left — often the far left — but do not conform with the Democratic Party platform.”
Other politically inspired words also landed on the list, including “cuck” — a word that “has been used in political arguments and is a shortened version of cuckold; typically meant as an insult to emasculate others” and “covfefe.” President Donald Trump used that word back in May, sending Americans racing to the dictionary to look it up (it’s not a word — at least not one defined by the dictionary).
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Here are 10 trending new words on Dictionary.com:
- Antifa: A shortened version of anti-fascist that has risen in popularity in the last year.
- Covfefe: Spurred by President Trump’s tweet, users rushed to Dictionary.com to see if this mysterious combination of letters has a meaning.
- Cuck: This word has been used in political arguments and is a shortened version of cuckold; typically meant as an insult to emasculate others.
- Despacito: The name of Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber’s hit song, the Spanish word translates as slowly.
- Fidget spinner: These toys rose to fame in 2017, becoming so popular that schools had to ban students from using them in class.
- Hygge: This word of Danish origin is hard to capture perfectly in English, but has nonetheless been used by consumer and brand alike to convey a feeling of coziness.
- Smize: Supermodel Tyra Banks is to thank for this word, which means to smile with one’s eyes.
- Turnt: A playful misspelling of “turned;” usually shows one’s excitement for a party or event.
- Vax: Short for vaccination.
- Welp: The verbal equivalent of a shrug; an ambivalent or exasperated expression.
“We’ve found that many of these terms originate or are popularized by current events and pop culture,” said Dictionary.com lexicographer, Jane Solomon. “This current list of most searched for new words highlights trends we’ve seen in politics, music, and more.”
Not only to Americans look up words they can’t define, they also look up idioms. Here are the 10 most-searched idioms on Dictionary.com.
- The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry
- Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
- Can’t see the forest for the trees
- You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
- The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
- Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
- What’s good for the goose is good for the gander
- You’ve made your bed, now lie in it
- Albatross around one’s neck
- Get someone’s goat
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