All of the Home Sea Home new items get described as "It's a...thing" by Walani and WX-78 -- possibly others, but those are the two characters I've tried so far. This includes: tar, tar slicks, tar extractors, ballphin palaces, fish farms, sea yards, sea labs, sea chests, and probably more. Descriptions of older Shipwrecked-specific items such as machetes, coconuts, row boats, etc. are still fine.
Steps to Reproduce
1. Tap on any new thing, or long-press and select examine. 2. "It's a...thing" 3. Repeat as often as desired.
This issue has not been confirmed by a developer yet.