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Language expert Carmen Durham is Assistant Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at Northern Iowa University.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary announced earlier this month the inclusion of 370 new words and meanings for 2022, a project that, though viewed with skepticism by some, is necessary, according to University of Northern Iowa Assistant Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Applied Linguistics Carmen Durham, whose new TESOL 2015 ‘Language Today’ class explores the subject of such changes.

The words added reflect a variety of categories, such as business and technology (new words include dumbphone and greenwash), the natural world (magnet fishing and dawn chorus), having fun (Galentine’s Day and level up), as well as slang and other informal language (adorkable and ICYMI).

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