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If a picture is worth a thousand words, Merriam-Webster just got a little richer.
The dictionary has been dominating headlines recently for its signature snark on Twitter, from schooling Kellyanne Conway on facts to taking a Trump supporter down a notch for a big misspelling. But now it’s upping its #content game with a designated page on Giphy.
That means its celebratory GIF game on Twitter, like so:
Now has an ally in the original content on Giphy like these:
The lexicographical superheroes have uploaded five GIFs so far, each in the same format: a simple moving illustration with the word and definition below. Though a couple of the early entries are traditionally complex words like supercentenarian and prosopagnosia, the others are more common slang: side-eye, face-palm, and ghost (as a verb, natch).
This wasn’t M-W’s only cause for celebration today: The dictionary also just added 1,000 new words to the archives, so hopefully we can expect at least another 995 GIFs in the not-too-distant future. Follow along here for all the latest.
Monica Riese now serves as the Daily Dot’s director of production, having previously been the publication’s entertainment editor and assistant managing editor. She is based in Austin, Texas, and formerly contributed to the Austin Chronicle, where her breaking news work was recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.