Kidding/ not kidding, Steve Kleinedler, executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionary, talked about how new language is formed. And it ain’t all selfies. At the American Copy Editors Society conference in Vegas, he said a lot of it is due to new(!) science and shifting political landscapes. Bottom line on what words get added to the dictionary:
The demotion of Pluto alone added six or seven. Between Yugoslavia and Pluto. . .
And, if you’re still hurting over Pluto not being a planet (which is basically all Neil deGrasse Tyson’s fault–okay, not really), watch this video, where Tyson assures Pluto it is important, too.