Neil deGrasse Tyson's First Word Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

The word is linked to his home town, New York, and it's a fun one.

If you've ever lived or visited New York City, and Manhattan specifically, you may have had the chance to view the sunset or sunrise in perfect alignment between the streets that run from east to west. Now, there's a name for that phenomenon, and it was first coined by Neil deGrasse Tyson in 2003. 

It only took 16 years, but now the term has officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), and it's called "Manhattanhenge." 

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What is Manhattanhenge?

As per the OED, Manhattanhenge stands for: "a phenomenon in which the sun rises or sets in alignment with the streets that run east to west on the street grid of Manhattan, New York City."

See for yourself the entry in the OED here: 

Neil deGrasse Tyson's First Word Added to the Oxford English Dictionary
Manhattanhenge definition as per the OED. Source: Oxford English Dictionary 

The OED is the go-to, definitive dictionary for all English language words. It boasts more than 6,000 official words and has been in use for over a thousand years

What's fun about this word being included into the OED is the fact that American astrophysicist, author, and communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson, was the first person to use this term. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson's First Word Added to the Oxford English Dictionary
Manhattanhenge. Source: Astronomy at Stevens/Flickr

A Manhattan-born and raised New Yorker, deGrasse Tyson is well known for his role in the scientific world, and he couldn't be more excited for his newly-adopted word to be added to the thousands of official English words. 

There are a few sticklers out there who aren't fully convinced of his expertise, though: 

However, most of deGrasse Tyson's fans from around the world are as excited as he is. Some have left comments on his Facebook page:

Neil deGrasse Tyson's First Word Added to the Oxford English Dictionary
Facebook fans. Source: Neil deGrasse Tyson/Facebook
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