Kory Stamper, an associate editor for Merriam-Webster, told the Associated Press:
“This is a list of really descriptive and evocative, fun words. Some years, not so fun. Some years it’s a lot of science words. Some years it’s a lot of words around really heavy topics.”
Here are some of some this year’s interesting and/or practical additions:
F-Bomb. It describes the F-word, as in, “Did you hear the boss drop the F-bomb at today’s meeting?” According to the AP, the word surfaced in a 1988 Newsday article about late Mets catcher Gary Carter, but grew to prominence in the ’90s thanks to former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight.