From sus to yeet: How words make it into the Merriam-Webster dictionary

By Mark Brodie
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 12:46pm

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Peter Sokolowksi

In the past, it wasn't unusual to hear a teacher say, “‘Ain’t’ ain’t a word, because ‘ain’t’ ain’t in the dictionary.” Well, ain’t is now in the dictionary along with thousands of other words that have gotten added over the years.

Peter Sokolowski says between 500 and 1,000 words get added to the dictionary every year, including 370 last month. Sokolowski is editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster.

The Show spoke with him to learn about the selection process.

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