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F-bombs are totally acceptable now, at least in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary announced Tuesday it had added a slew of modern terms to its lexicon.
Along with “F-bomb,” the 114-year-old dictionary added a bunch of other terms you probably use on a daily basis, including “man cave,” “energy drink,” “craft beer,” and “sexting.” Merriam-Webster adds approximately 100 new words to the Collegiate Dictionary every year. For example, “mash-up” made the list in 2004, while “tweet” got recognized last year.
Of all the newly added terms, “F-bomb” is probably the most polarizing. In a recent Washington Post article, Merriam-Webster associate editor commented on the power of the almighty F-bomb:
“It’s a word that is very visually evocative. It’s not just the F-word. It’s F-bomb. You know that it’s going to cause a lot of consternation and possible damage,” she said.”
While “texticle” and “bong appetite” still remain underground terms, it’s good to know it’s totally acceptable now to sit in your man cave drinking energy drinks, sexting your girlfriend and dropping F-bombs. If your girlfriend complains, just open up the dictionary for her.