April Knutson is lifestyle-focused journalist producing stories for the Forum News Service about people, health, community issues, and services. She earned her degree in both English Literature and Mass Communications. After working as a digital marketing specialist and web design consultant for a few years, she joined Forum Communications in 2015. She grew up on a farm near Volga, S.D. Follow her on Twitter @april_knutson.
FARGO — Last year many pop culture stars, including Last Week's Tonight's John Oliver, used a slang term that first emerged on the internet to describe 2016: Dumpster fire. Words and phrases like this are constantly being created through culture icons, fiery tweet storms and shareable social videos. In 2017, there is no shortage of new English words emerging from television, movies and our dynamic digital world. (In February alone the Merriam-Webster dictionary added more than 1,000 new words.)