What do Eggcorn, Photobomb and Macaron All Have in Common?

Posted at 9:35 AM, May 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-27 07:19:27-04

The correct answer might be that a squiggly red line appears under those words, denoting a lack of comprehension by spell check, but that won't be the case for long. 

As the actual correlation between the words is that they are among the newest additions to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

The end-all-be-all account of words and definitions expanded again, this time adding about 1,700 new entries. 

So here's to increasing your lexicon and impressing your friends with some new vocabulary.

  • dark money
  • emoji
  • meme
  • vocal fry
  • eggcorn
  • macaron
  • photobomb
  • jegging

Now for the fun part, do you know how to define the above? Macarons are a sweet French confection made with confectioners sugar, almond flour and egg whites. They are pastel colored, filled with jams or ganache, delicate and delicious. Catherine de Medici brought the cookies toFrance from Italy when she married King Henry. Laduree in Paris originated the double filled cookie recently added to the dictionary. 

Eggcorn...not quite as easy to explain. Think a malapropism with a bit more wit and less error, like the saying "For all intents and purposes" is often confused as "For all intensive purposes."

Jeggings need no explanation. Although, many fashion bloggers and stylists might say an age cap should be listed in the definition. 

Many of the words added this year are technology related like emoji, meme and net neutrality. 

Drop a few of these into your next conversation and when someone says "that's not a word!" You can prove them wrong.