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Merriam-Webster Adds New Internet Terms to the Dictionary

Merriam-webster adds new internet terms to the dictionary such as

dumbphone : a cell phone that does not include advanced software features (such as email or an internet browser) typically found on smartphones

video doorbell : a small security camera that is designed for use on an exterior door, that includes or connects to a doorbell, and that often has a microphone and speaker : DOORBELL CAMERA

metaverse 1 computing : a persistent virtual (see VIRTUAL sense 2) environment that allows access to and interoperability of multiple individual virtual realities also : any of the individual virtual environments that make up a metaverse 2 cosmology : the hypothetical combination of all co-existing or sequentially existing universes

laggy : having a delayed or slow response (as to a user’s input) : marked or affected by lag

yeet interjection, slang — used to express surprise, approval, or excited enthusiasm yeet verb : to throw especially with force and without regard for the thing being thrown

janky informal : of very poor quality : JUNKY; also : not functioning properly or adequately : FAULTY


pwn slang : to dominate and defeat (someone or something) : OWN sense 1b, ROUT entry 2 sense 1a

MacGyver slang : to make, form, or repair (something) with what is conveniently on hand

cringe slang : so embarrassing, awkward, etc. as to cause one to cringe : CRINGEWORTHY

altcoin : any of various cryptocurrencies that are regarded as alternatives to established cryptocurrencies and especially to Bitcoin

side hustle : work performed for income supplementary to one’s primary job

level up : to advance or improve (oneself, someone else, or something) in or as if in a game

pumpkin spice : a mixture of usually cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and often allspice that is commonly used in pumpkin pie

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