Since no one under the age of 30 owns an a physical Oxford English Dictionary anymore, Dictionary.com is the primary reference for whether an english word is an actual english word. Today the online resource added a bunch of slang terms that were probably better off left undocumented. Still, it’s funny when academic types define stuff the kids are saying, isn’t it? For example:
throw shade (v.): to insult, criticize, or disrespect a person or thing in an indirect, artful manner.
Throwing shade is nothing if not artful. Here’s another one:
mic drop (n.): the act of intentionally dropping one’s microphone at the end of a speech or performance, displaying a bold confidence that it has been very impressive or cannot be topped.
I know, I know, they’re great. Here’s another:
dabbing (n.): the act of performing a dance move that involves posing with one’s nose in the crook of a bent elbow at chest level while extending the other arm to the side at or above shoulder level, often as a celebratory posture in sports or other competitions.
More, you say? Sure:
dad bod (n): informal; a man’s physique that is slightly overweight or flabby but still attractive.
Kush (n): slang; marijuana, formerly specific to a strain of cannabis that originated from the Hindu Kush region.
slay (v): slang; to strongly impress or overwhelm someone.
Not all the additions are hilarious. Many of the new additions, such as “Black Lives Matter,” “alt-right,” “dark money” and “white nationalism” reflect the racial and political tensions currently overwhelming our country. Fittingly, all things involving internet slang are a welcome distraction from our harsh reality.