New Words in The Oxford English Dictionary, Do You Use These Words?
New words hit the Oxford English Dictionary today and it's hard to believe that hundreds of words were added. I can't help but question some of them. One in particular really bugs me.
A few of the new words are below from Time:
bracketology (n.): the activity of predicting the participating teams in a tournament (typically the NCAA basketball tournament) and the winners of the competition’s stages, as depicted in a diagram representing the sequence of matches.
cheese eater (n.): a person who eats cheese; a person who appreciates or routinely consumes cheese.
clicktivism (n.): the practice of signaling support for a political or social cause by means of the Internet, through social media, online petitions, etc., rather than by more substantive involvement.
fuhgeddaboudit (int.): in representations of regional speech (associated especially with New York and New Jersey): “forget about it”; used to indicate that a suggested scenario is unlikely or undesirable.
’Merica (n.): America. Note: Originally and chiefly in representations of nonstandard speech. Now frequently also in ironic or self-conscious use, emphasizing emblematic or stereotypical qualities of American traditions, institutions and national ideals.
moobs (n.): unusually prominent breasts on a man, typically as a result of excess pectoral fat.
non-apology (n.): a statement that takes the form of an apology but does not acknowledge responsibility or express regret for what has caused offence or upset; an insincere or unconvincing apology.
swirlie (n.): an act of forcibly immersing a person’s head in the bowl of a toilet as it is flushed, typically as a practical joke.
uptalk (n.): a manner of speaking in which declarative sentences are uttered with rising intonation at the end, a type of intonation more typically associated with questions.
YOLO (int.): “You only live once”; used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future (often as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behavior).
Okay, the word that bugs me is ... 'Merica. I get it that a lot of people say it that way, but to make it an actual word? No, I don't think so. That is the name of our country. Spell it right. I just don't like the idea that that spelling it that way could be correct.
Check out the entire list of new words. There are a ton of them.