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‘Tommy John surgery’ to be added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

One of the most dreaded terms in baseball will be officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary on Monday, according to an announcement from the organization.

Merriam-Webster recently revealed its database will be updated with 640 words or terms. Among them is “Tommy John surgery,” a now-ubiquitous term that describes the surgical procedure used to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament.

“Tommy John surgery” is of course named after the former major league pitcher who underwent the surgery in 1974 and was able to pitch after the procedure for another 14 years.

Merriam-Webster is also adding a handful of other sports-related terms to its database, including “Garbage time,” which is defined as “the final moments or minutes of a game in which one side has an insurmountable lead, substitutes often enter the game in place of starting players, and scoring is typically easier because of looser defensive play.”

Also being added is “heart-stopper,” defined as “a shocking or thrilling occurrence or event (such as an excitingly suspenseful competition).”

Tommy John surgery, for clarity, is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a surgical procedure in which a tornĀ ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow is replaced with a tendon graft typically obtained from a superficial muscle of the forearm.”

Interestingly, the world of sports and lexicography recently crossed paths in another instance when Tom Brady was credited for a very unique term being added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.