'Long COVID,' 'super-spreader' among 455 words added to dictionary

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Merriam-Webster added 455 words to the dictionary this month, including four that have gained prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The four pandemic-related words that were added are "breakthrough," "super-spreader," "long COVID" and "vaccine passport."

The new additions come after "long-hauler," "pod" and "bubble" were added to the dictionary in January, alongside 517 other words.

In December 2020, Merriam-Webster also selected "pandemic" as the 2020 word of the year. 

 

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