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But generally speaking, lots of those words that we're watching are things that we either hear in passing or usually it's things that we see on Twitter—trends that we see on social media that kind of help inform us.In the case of "jawn," though, that was personal experience.So what does it take for a word to be recognized as a "word you’re watching," and then how does that word then get elevated to an actual listing in the dictionary? Because part of what we do is define words, but another big chunk of what we do is we hunt down new words.Generally speaking, when we highlight a word in the feature—what we do is, we have a Slack channel that we're all on, and we might say, "Hey, I just ran across this word. So if we run across new words while we're reading—either print or online—we sort of copy that and dump it into a database so that we can start tracking those words as they gain usage.So, widespread use, sustained use—and then, meaningful use. "Jawn" is one of those words that some people say can mean anything, but it does have specific meanings you can track.So, when a word meets those three criteria, then we draft an entry for the dictionary.That gives you a sense that this word has really entered the language fully, on all sorts of levels. Oftentimes—especially with slang like "jawn"—regionally, it's understood, but once it starts gaining more national prominence, what happens is you'll see it used in print, but it'll be defined in running text.So, these people will say, "That's some great jawn," then in parentheses, the interviewer or transcriber will say, "' Jawn' is a Philadelphia word that means..." That's a signal that it's not quite established in the language yet. I think "jawn" has lots of sustained written use; I don't think it has a lot of widespread use yet.
I think that, in a lot of ways, slang has always been evaluated for entry into dictionaries.Since we were tossed into a surreal world in 2016—you know, that blur of a year when Trump was somehow elected as leader of the free world—Merriam-Webster's dictionary has become a social media favorite.Not just amongst wordsmiths, but anyone who's a fan of intelligent clapbacks and witty cultural commentary.Is there a word in the dictionary that would fall into this category that you are particularly fond of?I think in terms of , I really do like "shade" and "read"—I think those are two great ones.