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Merriam-Webster Adds 533 New Words to the Dictionary

Words like “Dad Joke,” “Escape Room,” “Vacay,” “Deep State,” along with 529 more words were added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Here are some examples of words that have been added:

Red flag law: a law allowing courts to prevent people who show signs of being a danger to themselves or others from having access to firearms. It has only been in use since 2015, and its synonym, extreme risk law, dates to 2017.

Escape room: a game in which participants confined to a room or other enclosed setting are given a set amount of time to find a way to escape.

Inclusive: A new sense has been added: “allowing and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability).”

Stinger: the name for short scene that appears during or after the closing credits of a movie.

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