Monday, August 22, 2011

three woots for [modern] verbosity!

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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:

jeggings
retweet
mankini
woot
cyberbullying
sexting
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?

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

7 comments:

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 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 ;)