What does the “alt-right” movement have in common with millennial slang words such as “smackdown,” “slay” and “man bun?”
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Turns out they are all among the more than 300 words or terms added to Dictionary.com.
The online dictionary, which announced the additions on Thursday, defines alt-right as “a political movement originating on social media and online forums, composed of a segment of conservatives who support extreme right-wing ideologies, including white nationalism and anti-Semitism (often used attributively).”
It lists the word as having been coined in 2010 by Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist, and as being a shortened version of the words “alternative” and “right.”
Spencer, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, has used a Nazi term – “Lügenpresse,” or lying press – to describe the mainstream media, and suggested that the media have been critical of Trump in order to protect Jewish interests.
Other politics-related words and phrases added to Dictionary.com include Black Lives Matter, an activist movement protesting violence and racism against African-Americans; burkini, the full-coverage Islamic bathing suit that was at the center of a controversial ban in France, and clicktivism, the use of social media to express support for various causes.
Dictionary.com isn’t the only word reference tool that lists alt-right. The phrase was on the Oxford Dictionary’s shortlist for top words in 2016, although ultimately “post-truth” was declared the international word of the year.