“pumpkin spice” among 370+ words added to dictionary


Some consider pumpkin spice to be a classic fall drink, but the Merriam-Webster dictionary thinks otherwise.

Over 370 words and phrases have been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, as of September 8th, 2022. Some of these new words include:

  • sus: meaning suspicious, suspect
  • cringe: embarrassing, weird
  • pumpkin spice: a mixture of usually cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves

“The dictionary chronicles how the language grows and changes, which means new words and definitions must continually be added,” Merriam-Webster said. “…when many people use a word in the same way, over a long enough period of time, that word becomes eligible for inclusion.”

However, it’s not just words that have been added. Some abbreviations are now a part of the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which currently contains 470,000+ words. “FWIW,” which means ‘for what it’s worth’ has been added to the list, as well as “ICYMI,” which stands for ‘in case you missed it.’

“Some of these words will amuse or inspire, others may provoke debate. Our job is to capture the language as it is used,” said Peter Sokolowski.

Because of the internet, these new words are being spread across distances in no time at all. However, Sokolowski is correct in saying that certain people will be angry.

“I feel angry,” says Hannah Risher.