Don't Look Now, But 'Influencer' is Finally an Official Word in the English Language

Merriam-Webster's 2019 crop of dictionary additions includes a lot of familiar marketing jargon

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Every industry has its share of jargon, words freighted with meaning for executives in that field, even if they happen to leave the rest of the world guessing. Every so often, however, business jargon—if enough people use it—makes its way into mainstream English.

And that’s what has finally happened to “influencer.”

The lexicographers at Merriam-Webster recently announced the latest crop of words to be added to their vaunted dictionary, which has been in regular publication for the last 172 years.

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