Words Matter Infographic: How a Word Gets Into the Dictionary See? It's easy This infographic is part of our series on slang in the dictionary. To read the article that accompanies this piece, click here. Need to check how you're using new words? Try Grammarly (it's free). More Words At Play Tapper: 'Ignominious Defeat' 'Characterized by disgrace or shame' The Origins of 'Side-Hustle' The word dates back at least as far as the 1950s The Serial Comma Why don't they call it the Merriam-Webster comma? 9 Words from P.G. Wodehouse 'Jeeves', 'snooter', and more Comments show hide TRENDING NOW ignominious 'Characterized by disgrace or shame' vindicate Reporters asked Trump if he felt vindicated interpretate An archaic variant of 'interpret' gravamen 'The material or significant part of a grievance or complaint' transom 'Over the transom' SEE ALL Learn a new word every day. Delivered to your inbox!