Baller, mojo, ICYMI, side hustle, altcoin among new words added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

Baller, mojo, ICYMI, altcoin, supply chain are among the 370 new words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in September.

ICYMI according to the dictionary, is an abbreviation for “in case you missed it”; baller is a “way that is suggestive of a lavish lifestyle”; and mojo means “a sauce, marinade, or seasoning that is usually composed primarily of olive oil, garlic, citrus juice, and spices (such as black pepper and cumin)”.

Altcoin means “any of various cryptocurrencies that are regarded as alternatives to established cryptocurrencies and especially to Bitcoin”.

Also added is Side hustle which means “work performed for income supplementary to one’s primary job”.

“Some of these words will amuse or inspire, others may provoke debate. Our job is to capture the language as it is used,” Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large, said in a statement. “Words offer a window into our ever-changing language and culture, and are only added to the dictionary when there is clear and sustained evidence of use.”

In some countries, inflation has made shrinkflation a household word. It is defined by the Springfield, a publisher as “the practice of reducing a product’s amount or volume per unit while continuing to offer it at the same price.”

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