A popular slang phrase among Seattle Seahawks fans is now official.
Merriam-Webster added 690 words to its dictionary in September, including "beast mode" in the sports category.
beast mode noun, slang : an extremely aggressive or energetic style or manner that someone (such as an athlete) adopts temporarily (as to overpower an opponent in a fight or competition)
The term was popularized by beloved former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who was nicknamed Beast Mode for his aggressive running style. The football world was put on alert during an NFC divisional playoff game between the host Seahawks and New Orleans Saints on Jan. 8, 2011.
With the game in the balance, Lynch took a handoff and broke eight tackles en route to a 67-yard touchdown run that sealed a 41-36 upset for the 7-9 Seahawks. The rush was dubbed "beast quake" because the crowd's reaction created a seismic tremor recorded by a monitoring station near the stadium.
"Beast Mode, it's part of the lifestyle," Lynch told told Kevin Fixler in a profile in September 2014. "It's pretty much self-explanatory. It gets thrown around loosely, I mean, all over. It's not set to one specific thing like we're football players or basketball players. Just if you are in your everyday life and you feel like you just accomplished something big that you had going on, then that's Beast Mode. It's an accomplishment, that you put yourself through something to get something better out of it. I feel that that's Beast Mode."
Lynch trademarked "beast mode" in 2015. He also launched a clothing brand called BEAST MODE the same year.
Some other slang and informal words added by Merriam-Webster include rizz (romantic appeal or charm), GOATED (considered to be the greatest of all time), bussin' (extremely good), mid (neither very good nor very bad), NGL (not gonna lie), TFW (that feeling when) and TTYL (talk to you later).
In the "doing business" category, meme stock, girlboss and last mile are new additions.
Thirst trap, grammable, doomscroll, finsta and chef's kiss were all added in the "culture and society, online and offline" category. Joining beast mode in sports is bracketology and kayfabe.
Click here to see a full list of the new words.
So for all you girlbosses with rizz who are GOATED, stop doomscrolling because we're NGL: beast mode is official, and that's so far from mid that it's bussin'. So chef's kiss to Merriam-Webster.