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New words accepted into online dictionary — can you keep up?

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“Soz” probably may sound like a word you heard thrown around in mobster movies, but this shortened form of “sorry” was among the latest batch of words accepted into the Macmillan online dictionary.

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Macmillan’s online dictionary is crowdsourced, meaning users can suggest word additions and definition changes to keep the resource up-to-date with the rapidly evolving English language — though Macmillan says these words are infiltrating other languages as well.

Most of the words reflect influences from social media and online sources.

So how familiar are you with some of these new words? If you didn’t get “soz,” keep reading to see if you can guess the definitions of other words Macmillan added.

  • Chainwatching may be something you have planned for this weekend, but did you know what the definition is?
  • It sounds like the definition would be obvious, but do you know what makes someone a hater?
  • You may argue rents is already a word, but the word recently accepted is actually a shortened form of another popular word. Do you know what it means?
  • The word totes also already is known as referring to a style of bag or a way to carry something, but do you know its latest definition? Hint, it’s the shortened form of a word you likely use on a daily basis.
  • What about mwah? No, that is not a misspelled version of “moi,” the French word for “me.” This mwah takes its origin from a sound.

Definitions 

Here are the answers from our definition questions. Are you as language savvy as you thought?

  • Chainwatching — to watch several episodes of TV series one after another.
  • Hater — someone who dislikes something very strongly and often without good reason.
  • Rents — a short version of the word parents.
  • Totes — short for totally, also can be used in place of completely.
  • Mwah — the sound of a kiss or kisses, used to express love or appreciation. 
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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald and reports on a variety of topics. Other positions she has held at the Herald include city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. While attending the University of North Dakota, she worked as a news reporter and editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Dakota Student. She now serves as one of its alumni advisers. A native of Valley City, N.D., 23 years worth of winters hasn't scared her out of the state yet. You can follow Jewett and her reporting projects on her blog www.diggingdeeper.areavoices.com
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