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Vocabulary Test Time! Can You Speak (New) English?


Every day editors of the Merriam-Webster dictionary spend hours reading books, magazines, newspapers, and online publications to find out how people are using the English language. Eventually, if a word is used enough, it gets added to the dictionary! This year, Merriam-Webster added 100 new words, including frenemy, ginormous, smackdown, sudoku, and speed dating. The dictionary publishers say the words are included because of their extensive use, but some of the new additions seem pretty obscure to me. I guess that's what Google a dictionary is for! See if you can match some of the more random words to their newly-printed official definitions!

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Vocabulary Test Time! Can You Speak (New) English?

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Briandiesel Briandiesel 6 years
Yah I got Crunk wrong but I really got it right... gimme my 1 point! haha
goldiecar goldiecar 6 years
Ginormous has been around for ages!! Did they forget about it? From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ginormous Main Entry: gi·nor·mous Pronunciation: \jī-ˈnȯr-məs\ Function: adjective Etymology: gigantic + enormous Date: circa 1948
cg130 cg130 6 years
Yeah, 4/5!
cg130 cg130 6 years
Yeah, 4/5!
kea718 kea718 6 years
oh.. and I REALLY wish I didn't know what a flex-cuff is.....
kea718 kea718 6 years
Crunk is a form of really crappy (yet catchy) hip/hop (think Lil Jon and Ying Yang Twins).... BUT, it's DEFINITELY also, CRAZY and DRUNK.. I mean c'mon who hasn't heard "LETS GET CRUNK!!!" That's definitely not a music reference.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Crunk is both a form of Southern Hip-Hop and a derivative of crazy and drunk (more so like acting like a crazy drunk, not actual being drunk).
SeaAre86 SeaAre86 6 years
I have never heard of crunk music and I lived in SC most of my life... I guess you learn something new everyday!HOWEVER, in college (I graduated last year) we used it as extreme intoxication... like #8 said crazy + drunk).
SeaAre86 SeaAre86 6 years
I have never heard of crunk music and I lived in SC most of my life... I guess you learn something new everyday! HOWEVER, in college (I graduated last year) we used it as extreme intoxication... like #8 said crazy + drunk).
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 6 years
I heard that "crunk" was either a portmanteau of crazy + drunk OR chronic + drunk..
Jules1976 Jules1976 6 years
Um, I live in Memphis and "crunk" is very popular in the clubs. Personally, it's not my type of music, but to each his own.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
3/5 and I've never heard any of these words before so I'm not ashamed.
Symphonee Symphonee 6 years
Crunk is incorrect. Crunk is a mix of the words crazy and drunk. It was used to express a state of being in a frenzy that normally comes after you have been drinking and have gone to a club.
nv27 nv27 6 years
2/5... People use crunk different ways though.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
4/5
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
4/5
mondaymoos mondaymoos 6 years
4/5 Not bad.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 6 years
4/5 Not bad.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 6 years
5/5
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 6 years
5/5
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Lucky for me, I have heard all of them before. Though a lot of people use "crunk" incorrectly. I also had no idea flex-cuff was new. I have heard it on cops a lot!
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Lucky for me, I have heard all of them before. Though a lot of people use "crunk" incorrectly. I also had no idea flex-cuff was new. I have heard it on cops a lot!
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
2/5Guess I need to bruch up on my "new word" vocabulary.
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
2/5 Guess I need to bruch up on my "new word" vocabulary.
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