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Our favorite dictionary-turned-Twitter-wise-guy is back with fresh insights into our insane, crazy times. If that phrase has ever confused you, know that you can now look it up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which added more than 250 words and phrases on Monday. While some of them reflect outstanding technological and societal changes, others seem to hint at how messed up our post-Trump era has become.

Merriam-Webster defined "alt-right" as "a right-wing, primarily online political movement or grouping based in the USA whose members reject mainstream conservative politics and espouse extremist beliefs and policies typically centered on ideas of white nationalism".

Other 2017 additions include "pregame", which Merriam-Webster defines as a verb to describe "drinking alcohol before an event or activity (such as a party or a night out)", as well as new culinary terms: "froyo", "sriracha" and "California roll". Another tech-related definition is a new one for "troll", meaning "to harass, criticize, or antagonize especially by provocatively disparaging or mocking public statements, postings, or acts", - aka you on Instagram when your most-hated bachelor contestant wins.

Merriam-Webster researchers also believed "concealed carry" of weapons was now used frequently enough to warrant official placement in the dictionary.

A few are political, including "alt-right" and "dog whistle"... which is a politically coded expression, meant to be understood only by a particular group of people.

Merriam-Webster haven't only added new words but they've also added new definitions to existing words.

Other terms added included "Internet of Things", "hive mind" and "ransomware".



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