Skip To Content

    300 New Words Are Being Added To Dictionary.com This Year And, Oh My, They're Good

    "Safe space," "Generation Z," "sneakerhead," and "white fragility," to name a few!

    Dictionary.com, everyone's favorite source for spell-check and sassy clapbacks, just dropped over 300 new words that are being added this year.

    Netflix

    According to Dictionary.com, the majority of the new words and definitions "impart meaning on identity, culture, and politics."

    Emmys

    Here are just a few of the newly added words that are all too culturally relevant in 2019:

    1. Colorism

    Paramount Pictures

    "Differential treatment based on skin color, especially favoritism toward those with a lighter skin tone and mistreatment or exclusion of those with a darker skin tone, typically among those of the same racial group or ethnicity."

    2. Impostor Syndrome

    "Anxiety or self-doubt that results from persistently undervaluing one’s competence and active role in achieving success, while falsely attributing one's accomplishments to luck or other external forces."

    3. JOMO

    ABC

    "Joy of missing out: a feeling of contentment with one’s own pursuits and activities, without worrying over the possibility of missing out on what others may be doing."

    4. Brain Fart

    "A brief mental lapse, especially an instance of forgetfulness or confusion."

    5. Textlationship

    VH1

    "A relationship or association between people who text each other frequently, but rarely if ever interact with each other in person."

    6. Safe Space

    "A place that provides a physically and emotionally safe environment for a person or group of people, especially a place where people can freely express themselves without fear of prejudice, negative judgment, etc."

    7. Bromosexual

    NBC

    "Informal. Noting or relating to a close but nonsexual friendship between two men, typically a heterosexual man and a gay man (usually used facetiously)."

    8. Male Gaze

    "The assumption in visual and creative arts that the default or desired audience consists of heterosexual males, and inclusion of women in narrative or art should seek to please this audience with the objectification or sexualization of these depicted women."

    9. Esprit de l’Escalier

    NBC

    "A perfect comeback or witty remark that one frustratingly comes up with only when the moment for doing so has passed."

    10. Thirst Trap

    "Slang. (On the internet) A social media post, especially a selfie or other photo, intended to elicit sexual attention, appreciation of one’s attractiveness, or other positive feedback (often used attributively)."

    11. Sneakerhead

    Focus Features

    "Slang. A person who collects and trades sneakers as a hobby, and who typically is knowledgeable about the history of sneakers."

    12. White Fragility

    "The tendency among members of the dominant white cultural group to have a defensive, wounded, angry, or dismissive response to evidence of racism."

    13. Welp

    FOX

    "Interjection. An informal variant of well used to indicate disappointment, resignation, or acceptance at the beginning of an utterance."

    Can't get enough new words? You can see the rest of the list here.

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form