What words will Merriam-Webster add to their dictionary in 2024?
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2025
42%
"Enby" or "enbie"
38%
Basic (boring/uncool)
36%
Based (positive adjective representing approval)
35%
Generation Alpha
27%
Karen (new definition: an overly aggressive and stubborn woman)
26%
sexbot
20%
Cursed (vaguely unsettling, bizarre, disturbing, or uncanny; something that is or feels wrong somehow)
20%
Vibe check
19%
NPC (as an insult)
19%
Cheugy
18%
Greedflation
17%
Chad (stereotypical "alpha male")
17%
Snek
16%
Delulu
16%
Girl Dinner
15%
Gyatt
15%
Robotaxi
14%
"Brainrot" or "brain rot"
14%
"Tech bro" or "Techbro"
14%
Stonk (synonym for stock)

In 2023, Merriam-Webster added 690 words to their dictionary, mostly slang or cultural references (including: rizz, doggo, and padawan - lol).

What words will the Merriam-Webster dictionary include on January 1st, 2025 which are not included today?

If you add a word which is already in the dictionary, you will need to clearly state what new meaning you’re hoping it will have (in the answer itself), or I will Resolve it N/A. You don’t need to get the definition perfectly (e.g. Karen currently has nothing to do with the “let me see the manager” perception), but you should be directionally close.

Go crazy, add whatever you can think of (but ensure it’s not already in the MW Dictionary!!). As this one will certainly have some subjectivity, I won’t be betting here.

I won’t Resolve anything NO until Jan 1st, but words will Resolve YES once they appear in the MW dictionary.

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bought Ṁ100 Answer #89f4278fc102 NO

This one isn't happening, of course, but it's too funny not to include.

Added “robotaxi” - what do yall think?

bought Ṁ30 Robotaxi NO

@schlongenheim Probably won't get added unless they actually become a thing, and even then, I wouldn't hold my breath on it given how many neologisms they don't include.

@PlasmaBallin Maybe, but Waymo’s are already a thing

bought Ṁ10 Answer #49d20549a75d NO

This would have been added ages ago if it were considered IMO

I think everyone should manipulate this market by using the words here as much as possible to make them popular enough to be included in the dictionary. For example, you can title your markets like so

Generation Alpha

Yet another one that I can't believe isn't in there

bought Ṁ20 Answer #d86fa9da4ac5 NO

Another one I'm surprised isn't in there already

@PlasmaBallin 😅 good find

bought Ṁ60 Answer #13dabc944ba7 NO

They have actually mentioned this phrase in an article before: https://www.merriam-webster.com/wordplay/what-does-sus-mean

Based (positive adjective representing approval)

I can't believe this isn't in there already

Cheugy
bought Ṁ5 Cheugy NO

I had never heard of this word before, despite being part of the age demographic that allegedly uses it. To be honest, the word cheugy seems kind of cheugy to me.

bought Ṁ40 Answer #0da4d2de20de NO

They don't even have the non-giga version. The only definition of chad is a hanging piece of paper.

NPC (as an insult)
bought Ṁ10 NPC (as an insult) NO

This has been around for a long time, so if it's not in there yet, I don't see why they would add it this year.

NPC is my new favorite insult, I hope they add it.

@JaredAsh to use NPC as an insult is very NPC

bought Ṁ10 Delulu NO

@Odoacre funny, that's exactly what an NPC would say

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@Odoacre 😲

bought Ṁ2 NPC (as an insult) YES

My favorite types of markets inevitably tend to be word games (of a sort). Check this one out!

“Pick me” as in a pick me boy or girl, https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Pick%20me

@schlongenheim [yep, this] counts

bought Ṁ5 Greedflation YES

a perfectly cromulent market

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@mattyb Accidentally added cheugy twice, can you resolve na

@schlongenheim Nvm just changed it to NPC