Favorite new words: tsundoku and puggle


As I prepare to write a book about our round-the-world travels, articles about new words are of particular interest. For example, a NYT article featured tsundoku, a Japanese word for a stack of books that you have purchased but not yet read (a good thing, according to the author, even if it’s huge). And as The Guardian reports, 300 new words have been added to the official US Scrabble dictionary, including sriracha, aquafaba, beatdown, zomboid, twerk, sheeple, wayback, bibimbap, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and yowza. I love the food-related words, such a bibimbap, a Korean rice dish, but the cutest word has to be puggle, a dog that is a cross between a pug and a beagle.