Wakanda forever! 'Afrofuturism' has been added to Dictionary.com
- The giant online dictionary, Dictionary.com, has added 300 new words.
- One of the new words is 'Afrofuturism' gained traction thanks to the film Black Panther.
- Other new entries include 'crybullies' and 'whitelash'.
The leading online dictionary, Dictionary.com, has added 300 new entries to reflect the English-speaking world's changing vocabulary.
The new entries include abbreviations like JOMO ("Joy of Missing Out") - the opposite of FOMO ("Fear of Missing Out") - and JSYK, which means 'Just So You know'.
Here are some of the other key words:
First coined in 1993, the term has seen a revival thanks to the blockbuster hit, Black Panther.
According to Dictionary.com, it refers to “a cultural movement,” as expressed through art, cinema, literature, music, and fashion, that uses the frame of science fiction and fantasy to reimagine the history of the African diaspora and to invoke a vision of a technically advanced and generally hopeful future in which black people thrive.”
It is defined as a hostile or violent reaction by white people to the advances or influx of other racial or ethnic groups. The dictionary cites an example: "The success of Black Panther, for example, unfortunately sparked some whitelash, a blend of white and (back)lash for “a hostile or violent reaction by white people to the advances or influx of other racial or ethnic groups.”
While newly added to the dictionary, neither the term — nor the phenomenon — is itself new. It was first recorded in 1965–70.
It is defined as a thorough or comprehensive analysis of a subject of issue.
The word can easily be confused with its distant cousin, TMI (Too Much Information). Defined as a large quantity of background information, supplied at once,
In the wake of the US's #MeToo movement, the prevalence of toxic masculinity in society has been a hot button topic.
It is defined as a cultural concept of manliness that glorifies stoicism, strength, virility, and dominance, and that is socially harmful.
Womxn and Womyn
These term, for woman and women, started gaining traction earlier this decade. It is used as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women.
The term refers to differential treatment based on skin coloru, especially favoritism toward those with a lighter skin tone and mistreatment or exclusion of those with a darker skin tone, typically among those of the same racial group or ethnicity.
It is defined as a form of trolling when someone posts off-topic, false, or offensive contributions to an online forum with the intent to derail the discussions to provoke other participants.
Taken from crybaby but meaning, a person who self-righteously harasses or intimidates others while playing the victim, especially of a perceived social injustice.
The feeling of doubt successful people have of themselves - like they do not belong or are not worthy of the success and praise they receive.
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