Merriam-Webster Adds “Goetta” To Her Dictionary, Making Hungry Cincinnatians Very Happy, In Cincinnati News


Goetta is officially in the dictionary. May he reign for a long time.Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Here has CityBeat, we mince words and then we spit them out on you to read them. Based on some Merriam websterthe latest dictionary entries, it looks like we’re in good company.

As one of the largest dictionaries in the world, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Periodically adds words to its extensive archive, updating them as definitions change or something becomes fashionable. In its recently announced October updates, Merriam webster added a term Cincinnati is familiar with: “Goetta”.

The German dish appears on menus all around Greater Cincinnati, is a staple at Oktoberfest events and even has its own festival, so locals can rejoice that the English-American language keeper has finally deemed Goetta – with a capital G – worthy of archiving.

here’s how Merriam webster defines Goetta:

Goetta: meat (like pork) mixed with oats, onions and spices and fried in the form of a pancake.

And here is the history and etymology of the term:

borrowed from a West Low German word, such as Westphalian (West Münsterland) Götte, Gotte “grits, husked grain with part of the bran removed, hulled oats”, dating back to Middle Low German görte, metatheistic form of grütte “grits” , going back to Germanic * grutjō-

In a blog post, Merriam webster says he added 455 words and phrases in October. Many reflect the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, such as ‘long COVID’ and ‘super-spreader’, while others show our obsession with online culture and politics, such as ‘whataboutism’ and ‘FTW’ (for victory). Hell, MW even added “daddy bod”.

Goetta isn’t the only new food term in the dictionary; Merriam webster also added “fluffernutter”, “horchata”, “chicharron”, “air fryer” and “ghost kitchen”.

See everything Merriam websterthe new words of October.

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