Language is flexible—it is always changing, evolving, and adapting to the world. The cannabis culture, being a relatively recent notion, has already developed many terms. Some of them were added to the latest editions of dictionaries.
One of the most notable online dictionaries, Dictionary.com, has been enriched with 300 new words earlier this year. Though the site was launched only in 1995, it is now one of the most reliable and important resources in its field.
Among the recently added terms are such words as “Kush” and “dabbing.” The wide acceptance of recreational and medical marijuana across the country has led to the popularity of the marijuana-related slang. Moreover, the website Dictionary.com states that “many new words came straight from the headlines.” It means that media also has a great influence on the further spreading of the new words.
According to the website's lexicographers, the most active spheres of neologism production are food, fashion, and art. Jane Solomon, the senior editor of Dictionary.com, does not think that the Standard English, the one that is used at schools and has very strict limits, is the only correct form of the language that is, in fact, defined by speakers. Today, people bring more and more new information into English. We are rapidly changing the world around us as well as ourselves. Therefore, no lexicographer can limit our minds. The word cannot be too new or too slang; if it is used, it exists. It means that more and more cannabis-related words will appear in the dictionaries in future.
Of course, choosing neologisms that would enter the new “edition” is not a simple task. Only the true logofiles, lovers of words, can deal with the task.