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'Adorkable,' 'cringe' and 'lewks,': Springfield-based Merriam-Webster dictionary adds hundreds of words47:29
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A Merriam-Webster dictionary sits atop their citation files for the 2014 word of the year, "culture," at the dictionary publisher's offices in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Stephan Savoia/AP)
A Merriam-Webster dictionary sits atop their citation files for the 2014 word of the year, "culture," at the dictionary publisher's offices in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

This is Sept. 14 rundown for Radio Boston. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show one in nine hospitalized patients have a history of drug or alcohol addiction, but most hospitals in Massachusetts don't have an addiction specialist caring for patients. We speak with Maria Quinn, the director of addiction and recovery support at Holyoke Medical Center, and WBUR health reporter Martha Bebinger about the push to have more addiction specialists in emergency rooms.
  • Springfield-based Merriam-Webster Dictionary has added 370 new words this September. "Adorkable," "cringe" and "lewks" are just some of them. Peter Sokolowski, the publication's editor-at-large, tells us what these words mean and how they made their way into the dictionary.
  • Two women are on a mission to visit all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Beth Sobiloff and Marcia Rothwell take a break from their RV to share some of the highlights of their travels, and where they plan on going next.

This program aired on September 14, 2022.

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