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In a world where a lot of communication happens online, via text, and in the form of memes, it’s hard to keep up with the new words we create and use. Thankfully, Dictionary.com added a whole crop of new words—many of them being “viral” words from the Internet’s vocab, including Broad City’s Ilana Glazer’s favourite, YAAAS.
Here are some of the best words updated or added to the online database.
Fleek: Slang. flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.
Facepalm: the gesture of placing the palm of one’s hand across the face, as to express embarrassment, frustration, disbelief, etc. (often used as an interjection).
Doge: an Internet fad or meme typified by an image of a dog of the Shiba Inu breed accompanied by very short phrases that humorously represent the dog’s imagined thoughts and use the wrong modifiers or shortened word forms, as “such dignified” or “amaze.”
Feels: Informal. strong, often positive feelings.
Yaaas: Slang. Yes! (used as a strong expression of excitement, approval, agreement, etc.)
So there you have it, the *official* spelling is three As, and one S.
While being added to Dictionary.com’s data base is not as much of a feat as being added to a more official dictionary such as Merriam-Webster, it’s not to say that Internet words have no stake. Take for example, the word “catfish” which had secondary definition added in May of last year: “Catfish” can refer to the fish, or “a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.”