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New words in the dictionary in 2023

(foreground) Chris Fanning, (background) Amanda Chestnut, and Linda Sue Park on "Connections"
Megan Mack
(foreground) Chris Fanning, (background) Amanda Chestnut, and Linda Sue Park on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, October 16, 2023

Merriam-Webster added nearly 700 new words to its dictionary in September. This hour, we bring back one of our favorite Connections traditions: discussing those new words, quizzing our listeners and our guests about what they mean, and exploring how language evolves. Ngl, it’s going to be great, and we didn’t use generative AI to plan this discussion.

Our guests:

  • Linda Sue Park, author of “Prairie Lotus,” “A Long Walk to Water,” and many more
  • Chris Fanning, deputy director of Writers & Books
  • Amanda Chestnut, educator, artist, and communications manager for Writers & Books
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.