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!
According to Dictionary.com, the majority of the new words and definitions "impart meaning on identity, culture, and politics."
Here are just a few of the newly added words that are all too culturally relevant in 2019:
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."
4. Brain Fart
"A brief mental lapse, especially an instance of forgetfulness or confusion."
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."
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
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)."
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."