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Best Edible Addition to the Dictionary

As one of the largest dictionaries in the world, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary periodically adds words to its considerable archives, updating as definitions change or something becomes part of the zeitgeist. In its October updates, Merriam-Webster added a term that Cincinnati is all too familiar with: “Goetta.” The German dish appears on menus all around Greater Cincinnati, is a fixture during Oktoberfest events and even has its own festival, so locals can rejoice that the keeper of American-English language finally has deemed Goetta — with a capital G — to be archive-worthy. Here’s how Merriam-Webster defines it: “meat (such as pork) mixed with oats, onions, and spices and fried in the form of a patty.”