Doge, Bestie, Feels: Adds 150 New Words to Its Ever-Growing List

TBH few of these words will give you the feels IRL but knows they're a chance to appear on fleek.

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Dictionary of the people has announced it has added more than a hundred new words and revised more than a thousand. You’re not likely to see these in bounded volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary quite yet but you have probably seen a bunch of them throughout your Twitter feed.

The new words essentially stem from three categories: social media, technological innovation, and cultural conversations surrounding gender and sexuality. They span from the highbrow to lowbrow (“neurodiversity” vs. “nerf”) with a few so ubiquitous in culture that it’s surprising they weren’t considered already (“drunk text”). But while your gut reaction to words like “kk” may be closer to kids-these-days fist shaking than admiration , it’s important to remember we need to invent new words. It makes society richer and your brain smarter. And that should give you all the feels.

Here’s a sampling of the new words judged by Inverse for important categories, like probability of making it into the next decade and likely use by a tween. These are the words of the future, guys.


Bestie: a person’s best friend.

Likely longevity: 6/10

Tween-friendly: 9/10

Looks weird capitalized: 10/10

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.”

Likely longevity: Such Short

Tween-friendly: Very Tween

Uncertainty about why this should be a word: So Uncertain

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).

Likely longevity: 7/10

Tween-friendly: 8/10

Needs emoji representation: 10/10

Feels: strong, often positive feelings.

Likely longevity: 9/10

Tween-friendly: 9/10

Actually a perfect word to capture those moments: 10/10

Fleek: flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.

Likely longevity: 6/10

Tween-friendly: They’ve already moved on.

Chance it will be co-opted by white people: 10/10

IRL: in real life (in contrast with communication online or in a fictional situation).

Likely longevity: 5/10

Tween-friendly: 8/10

Odds you said this IRL and realized that was a terrible idea: 8/10

kk: okay; OK.

Likely longevity: 8/10

Tween-friendly: 9/10

Annoying to read/receive: 10/10

Evil Erin

Matchy-matchy: having colors or patterns that match or harmonize too closely.

Likely longevity: facepalm

Tween-friendly: 3/10

Chance your mom has said this: 10/10

Sapiosexual: a person who finds intelligence to be a sexually attractive quality in others.

Likely longevity: 7/10

Tween-friendly: 2/10

Effort to break away from tweens by 9/10

Yaas: Yes! (used as a strong expression of excitement, approval, agreement, etc.)

Likely longevity: 6/10

Tween-friendly: 5/10

Likelihood of being said on an episode of Broad City: Yaas/Yaas

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