Pop culture plays a huge part in the process of transforming made up, nonsensical words into perfectly acceptable parts of the lexicon. Today, Merriam-Webster announced via Twitter that "embiggen" - a word that frequently pops up in Marvel's Ms Marvel series whenever Kamala Khan shapeshifts her body to make it larger - is one of the 850 new words most recently added to the dictionary.
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