Merriam-Webster announced recently that it would be adding 640 new words to the dictionary, a large portion of which are food words that have grown in popularity over recent years.

These new terms and uses offer a window into how the English language is changing and expanding. The majority of the new words are distinctly millennial-themed, such as stan, which is used to described "an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan", and unplug, which refers to temporarily refraining from using mobile phones and the internet. There were also new meanings given to old words, such as peak, which is now metaphorically used to mean "being at the height of popularity, use, or attention", and snowflake, which is now used to refer to as "someone regarded or treated as unique or special and someone who is overly sensitive".

Among the new additions were a whole host of food words. While most have been already integrated into popular culture, the words have now been officially cemented into the dictionary. While some of the words are quite well-known already, such as cheesemonger and americano, some are a bit more unusual. Bhut Jolokia is one of the new additions, which refers to an Indian pepper that's one of the hottest in the world. The bay-rum tree is another new definition referring to "a West Indian tree that is closely related to the allspice tree and is a source of an aromatic oil used in bay rum". Other additions include double-dip, dulce de leche, ghost pepper, go-cup, java, steak (non-meat) and more.

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Now that these new words have been officially integrated into the dictionary, we expect to see them popping up on menus around the world, so keep your eyes peeled! 

For the full list of new food words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in April 2019, click here.

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