Merriam-Webster adds 250 new words including ‘sriracha’ and ‘alt-right’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –  The next time you open up the Merriam-Webster Dictionary you might notice 250 new words.

A few of the newly added political words include “alt-right,” which is defined as “a right-wing primarily online political movement or grouping based in the U.S. whose members reject mainstream conservative politics…” The term “dog whistle,” is a coded expression understood by a particular group.

Words on the fun side include the term “froyo” and “bunny,” which is a basketball term for an easy shot taken close to the basket.

The dictionary also added “sriracha,” and defined it as a “pungent sauce that is made from hot peppers pureed with usually garlic, sugar, salt and vinegar and that is typically used as a condiment.”

To see the other words that were added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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