Monday, August 22, 2011

three woots for [modern] verbosity!


i l-o-v-e the time of year when the dictionary people induct new words.
like really.

[nerding out? totally.]

i mean, i'm prone to latch on to a few hip new phrases every now and again, so it's just validating when they become all official and whatnot.

as a literary/writer type, am i affronted by slang and potentially ridiculous words sneaking their way into the dictionary?
definitely not.
i mean, what's a language if it doesn't evolve?
i say, the more words the better! just keeps things spicy, kids.

of course, there's a time and a place for all types of lingo.
but just because woot doesn't belong in a research paper doesn't mean it can't hold its own in a blog or a tweet.

so, with no further ado, here's some gems from oxford's new crop:

cougar [in the dating sense]

if i worked for oxford, i'd go ahead and put frindle in there.
[1,000,000 cool points for anyone who defines it without clicking the link.]

what about you?
what would you add?

don't miss this intriguing blog by one of oxford's editors, about the history of adding new words to the official docket.


Myke said...

Do the dictionary folks ever retract words from the dictionary? As in, "Nope, sorry, that's on longer a word."

Jayme said...

Frindle: Novel by Jerry Spinelli?

Katie said...

That's pretty cool. I didn't even know they added new words to the dictionary every year :)

Matt said...

My guess was an unnatural social connection with your Kindle.

Devin Jenkins said...

A frindle is a pen :) read the book in third grade, and we had to make up a word for an ordinary object to see if it caught on.

karajean said...

Yep, a frindle is a pen. I loved that book when I was in elementary school. Love the new words! Thanks for reminding me!

Monica Christiansen said...

Frindle=pen ;)