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From sus to yeet: How words make it into the Merriam-Webster dictionary

In the past, it wasn't unusual to hear a teacher say, “‘Ain’t’ ain’t a word, because ‘ain’t’ ain’t in the dictionary.” Well, ain’t is now in the dictionary along with thousands of other words that have gotten added over the years.

Peter Sokolowski says between 500 and 1,000 words get added to the dictionary every year, including 370 last month. Sokolowski is editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster.

The Show spoke with him to learn about the selection process.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.