'Dumpster fire' among 850 new additions to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

A few of the 850 new words and definitions added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary include words like 'dumpster fire', 'life hack', 'self-care' and 'welp'.

With the English language continuously growing and expanding, dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster have to catch up with the addition of new terms and slang to avoid a 'dumpster fire', which they define as "an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence".

English words are not the only newcomers to the well-known dictionary. Many new additions from around the world describe new types of food and drink that are sweeping through the country.

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Examples include: 'tzatziki', which is a type of Greek yogurt sauce made from cucumbers and garlic, 'harissa', a spicy chili-paste from North Africa, and 'kombucha', an effervescent and fermented tea drink.

Some terms are more humorous, such as 'mansplain', 'chiweenie', and 'wordie',

Other additions, however, are growing trends that are easier to understand when there is a dictionary definition for them.

'Glamping' is considered camping, but with indoor plumbing.

A 'life hack' is defined as "a usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently".

Finally, a 'Silver Alert' is defined as being extremely similar to an Amber Alert, except it is used for when an elderly person or somebody with a cognitive disability goes missing.