Throw Shade
Throw Shade

Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Throw Shade’ and ‘NSFW’ to the Dictionary

It’s time for a vocabulary lesson, hunties!

The good (and possibly very gay) people over at Merriam-Webster have just updated the dictionary with 1,000 new words, and two of them are “throw shade” and “NSFW.” How fabulous is that?

Merriam-Webster tweeted:

We love that they announced it with a Paris Is Burning GIF no less!

Their official definition for throw shade is:

US slang
: to express contempt or disrespect for someone publicly especially by subtle or indirect insults or criticisms <Christopher Oram’s elegant set is a pillared palazzo; at cafe tables wasp-waisted women sip tiny cups of espresso and throw shade at their rivals from behind dark glasses … — Sam Marlowe>

They also added NSFW, which is one of our favorite categories for content here on Unicorn Booty.

Their official definition for NSFW is:

not safe for work; not suitable for work —used to warn someone that a website, e-mail attachment, etc., is not suitable for viewing at most places of employment <Sure, you can let employees use company PCs for non-work Web browsing, but you don’t have to let them visit NSFW sites. — Neil J. Rubenking>

We are loving these updates to the dictionary! Maybe now we will actually add one to our library, which is always open because reading is fundamental. Those just may be some other gay slang terms that need to be added too!

Other words that made their way in are truther, listicle, side-eye, weak sauce, photobomb, SCOTUS, FLOTUS, town hall and binge-watch.

We leave you with this, an informative and shady clip following the term “throw shade” through the years:

#SHADE throughout the years.

A video posted by The Archive of Shade (@theartofshade_) on

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