Monday, August 31, 2015

New Words

What do “carbon footprint,"  "webisode" and "staycation" all have in common?  All three are new additions to Merriam-Webster’s new dictionary.
The company says the answer to "how do new words get in the dictionary" is simple;  they get used.  A lot.
According to the Internet, the editors at Merriam-Webster spend a bit of time each day reading different books, newspapers, magazines and electronic publications. While reading, they keep an eye out for things like new words or phrases, new spellings and new uses for existing words or phrases.
When editors come across something interesting, they mark the word and collect information that explains how it is used and what it means. This process is called “reading and marking.”
Once a new word or phrase has been marked, editors enter it into a computer system. Then, the word is tracked and counted.....and if it is used some undisclosed number of automatically goes into the latest addition.
I came across some "new" very descriptive words...not yet used enough to make the cut...but words that I think are very likely to  soon be included.
See if you agree:

Nonversation...a completely worthless conversation...small talk. individual who continues talking on their phone so as to be rude or inconsiderate of other people.

Errorist...someone who repeatedly makes mistakes or is always wrong

Askhole...who asks many stupid, pointless, or obnoxious questions

Internest....the cocoon of blankets and pillows you gather around yourself while spending long periods on the Internet

Chairdrobe... piling clothes on a chair in place of a closet or dresser....also see floordrobe

Unlightening...learning something that makes you dumber

Destinesia...when you get to where you were intending to go, but forget why you were going there in the first place.

Textpectation....the anticipation felt when waiting for a response to a text.

Columbusing...when people claim to have discovered something that has been around for years, decades or centuries.

Ambitchous...striving to be more of a bitch than the average bitch.

Afterclap...the last person who claps after everyone else has stopped.

Beerboarding....extracting secret info from a colleague by getting him drunk.

Chiptease....when you buy a bag of potato chips thinking that it will be full...but it turns out it's just air.

On another subject, generally speaking, I believe the accepted terms for the age of groups of people are:

20s ~ 30s = 'young adults'
40s ~ 50s = 'middle aged'
60s ~ 70s = 'seniors'

Finely Aged Citizens
80s ~ = 'elderly'

I don't like the term, "elderly"...but 

"seasoned adults" ain't bad.

But the one I like best is, "finely aged."