The Oxford Dictionary added some new words this month. This is not a new event–the addition of words to a dictionary–but it made headlines this month because twerk was among the newbies. I figured, since twerk is now a dictionary-approved word, and everyone is a-twitter and a-posting and a-blogging about it, I should learn its meaning and visit with the other August 2013 additions.
My visit had some highs and lows. Some new additions remind me that I’m a curmudgeonly, hermit at the core. Some additions serve as a reminder that there are consequences to speaking in abbrevs (not yet a word). Other words infuriate me, because I’m feeling a bit ranty. And some of the additions are just lovely and I want to invite them over for tea.
Additions that remind me that I’m an unfashionable, wannabe-luddite:
Additions that remind me that I need to speak in entire words and use all the syllables, because srsly, it is not that difficult to do:
- MIL I pronounce it “Mill.” Derp.
- guac Shudder
- grats Because the “con-” is such a tongue-twister
- apols Apols for this
Additions that fill me with ire:
- babymoon I would rather we all agree to say, “I’m fat with a baby and going on vacation because I fear this baby will ruin my life.”
- phablet No.
- flatform No. I will never say this.
- jorts Just say JEAN SHORTS! Also, I am a hyprocrite and I don’t care. Apols or whatev.
- unlike I FB-unlike this, unless I’m at a Renaissance Faire, “That lamb shank is not unlike Sir Eldridge’s face after too much ale!”
Additions that I like, because (squee!) words are fab:
- fauxhawk It is about time, welcome!
- omnishambles Shambles has been improved upon!
- dappy Self-definition
Well that’s that. Jay is still sleeping, so I’m going to go enjoy some me time. What new additions do you love/loathe?