I’m already getting on top of this. The Story of Today is entitled: “Meet the Dictionary’s New Words” posted on the Atlantic Wire. Every update to the Websters Dictionary has surprised me especially when they decided to include “Bootylicious.” Even still that word comes up as a grammatical error! But for 2012, these words, some no surprise others beyond surprise, the words given an entire are, I’m sure, going to be welcomed with open arms.
Thanks to Oprah Winfrey: aha moment n (1939) : a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension.
Lord knows I get these all the time: brain cramp n (1982) : an instance of temporary mental confusion resulting in an error or lapse of judgment. Aren’t those also called Brain Farts?
Thanks to Jack Nickelson and Morgan Freeman: bucket list n (2006) : a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying. cloud computing n (2006) : the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the Internet. copernicium n (2009) : a short-lived artificially produced radioactive element that has 112 protons. Someone that loves beer added this one: craft beer n (1986) : a specialty beer produced in limited quantities : microbrew. earworm n (1802) 1 : corn earworm 2 : a song or melody that keeps repeating in one’s mind.
Thanks to a society of go getters: energy drink n (1904) : a usually carbonated beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients (as taurine and ginseng) intended to increase the drinker’s energy. e-reader n (1999) : a handheld electronic device designed to be used for reading e-books and similar material.
This one is BY FAR my favorite: F-bomb n (1988) : the word fuck — used metaphorically as a euphemism. This one sounds like an oxymoron: flexitarian n (1998) : one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish. game changer n (1993) : a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way.
Who in the hell uses this word this way?: gassed adj (1919) … 2 slang : drained of energy : spent, exhausted. gastropub n (1996) : a pub, bar, or tavern that also offers meals of high quality. Thank you gamers of the world: geocaching n (2000) : a game in which players are given the geographical coordinates of a cache of items which they search for with a GPS device. life coach n (1986) : an advisor who helps people make decisions, set and reach goals, or deal with problems. man cave n (1992) : a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities.
Thanks to the wonderful show of Glee: mash-up n (1859) : something created by combining elements from two or more sources: as a : a piece of music created by digitally overlaying an instrumental track with a vocal track from a different recording b : a movie or video having characters or situations from other sources c : a Web service or application that integrates data and functionalities from various online sources. obesogenic adj (1986) : promoting excessive weight gain : producing obesity. This one makes me laugh for some reason:sexting n (2007) : the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone. shovel-ready adj (1998) of a construction project or site : ready for the start of work.
This sounds like our economy 4 years ago: systemic risk n (1982) : the risk that the failure of one financial institution (as a bank) could cause other interconnected institutions to fail and harm the economy as a whole. tipping point n (1959) : the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place. 1toxic adj (1664) … 4 : relating to or being an asset that has lost so much value that it cannot be sold on the market. underwater adj (1672) … 3 : having, relating to, or being a mortgage loan for which more is owed than the property securing the loan is worth.
So what do you think loyal readers? Leave your comments about the new additions to the dictionary below! Have fun. 😀