Spanish Language

Top Ten: best new Spanish words

Top Ten: best new Spanish words
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Spain’s royal language watchdog, the RAE, has just published its massive new dictionary. Here The Local lists ten of the best words appearing for the very first time for your reading pleasure.

The RAE and 21 other language academies from around the Spanish-speaking world have put their heads together to produce this huge guide to the language as it is spoken today.

Thirteen years in the making, the 23rd edition of the Diccionario de la Lengua Española has a record 93,111 entries, including around 5,000 new words, many of which proceed from English or other languages, often filtered through the great world of variety which is Spanish as spoken across the American continent. 

With new words ranging from 'birra' to 'yihad', the dictionary draws from the worlds or culture, politics and technology to provide a snapshot of the language at large. 

Read on to see the The Local's guide to the 'best' new words in Spanish.

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