Friday, August 17, 2012

Word Up

As schools around the nation get ready to open their doors for another academically challenging year, the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has added about 100 new additions to the 114 year old dictionary's annual update. The words making the short list this year cover everything from the great and powerful Oprah expression, sports and entertainment, the beer industry, and of course sex.

Here are some of the most popular words and definitions that made the coveted list this year. Personally I believe Oprah got totally screwed by not receiving full credit in the definition of "aha moment". The queen of talk brought that phrase into mainstream media, so give credit where credit is due people!!!!

aha moment (1939): a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition or comprehension. Uh yea, but Oprah is the person who made this phrase uber popular on a certain daytime TV talk show.
brain cramp (1982): an instance of temporary mental confusion resulting in an error or lapse of judgment. I thought that was called a brain fart????

bucket list (2006):  a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying. Just goes to show ya, that even mediocre, non blockbuster movies can have a place memorialized in the dictionary.
energy drink (1904): a usually carbonated beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients (as taurine and ginseng) intended to increase the drinker's energy. Quite honestly, with every movie star and A list athlete drinking Red Bull and Monster, I think Webster's was a bit behind in adding this word to the sacred list.
f-bomb (1988): used metaphorically as a euphemism. What the hell kinda definition is that????? Call a spade a spade. Perhaps a more fitting definition would be, "a more gentile version of the 4 letter word FUCK".
man cave (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. Seriously, "man cave" made the cut but "girls night out" did not? Where is the justice folks???
sexting (2007): the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone. Yeppers, you have all either done it, know someone who has and gotten in a heap load of trouble, or y'all just lyin' to protect the guilty.

After reading the top 25 words that will be added to the prestigious Webster's this year, I thought of some others that are sorely lacking from our go-to authority of the English language. These words certainly deserve their moment of glory:

moobs: man boobs
fantabulous: a combination of the words fantastic and fabulous.
cougar: term used to describe a mature woman who is dating a much younger man. Ex: a certain blogger pushing the big 5-0, who in her fantasy world, is dating the likes of Channing Tatum and Ryan Reynolds.
manscaping: the art of shaving, waxing or lasering off the hair of a man's body.
debosa: a glass of champagne with a splash of mimosa. Hey, if the powers at be ain't givin' Oprah full credit for her "aha moment", then I'm gonna make a plea for my signature drink right here and now!!! Ya hear that Webster's!!!
awesomesauce: if anyone knows the definition of this crazy word that I see used every day in the blogosphere, PLEASE enlighten me.

So folks, what words do you think should be added to the almighty Webster's and be cemented in stone FOREVAH?

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  1. I remember teachers saying " if its not in the dictionary then its not a word". At least the guys behind those editions are not ignorant of the ever changing nature of language.

  2. I remember the nuns saying, "If it's not in the dictionary, then it's not a word", too. And, then they beat us with yardsticks.
    What about "douche canoe"? Those words make me giggle.
    Incidentally, they're not called "brain farts" anymore because people kept having their hats blow off. And rooms kept clearing out.

  3. I like brain farts better, screw the update haha man cave made the cut, so like that.

  4. I's definitely called a brain fart!!!!!

  5. I think all of your entries are dictionary worthy!

  6. Moobs
    His dad must be proud.
    But, that's what happens when Mom switches estrogen for baking powder in those cookies.

  7. Oh wow. Moobs...I saw the pic and I think I just threw up in my mouth :((

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

  8. Could have gone the rest of the day without the moobds, just sayin'

  9. Ahaha! Love it. "Brain cramp" PMS of the brain.

    Great post :)

  10. I would like to see Mammeltoe - spelling open to debate, defined as the male version of cameltoe. And no, it's not pretty.

  11. I don't know why 'uber' isn't. It isn't in my hand held device dictionary any way. I'll google it.

    and ...The moobs are so ...ick. T

    They need to wear Bros or Manzeers (from Seinfeld) hahahaha. The obese guys on The Biggest Loser are soooooo barf with their moobs.

  12. Ha ha! Classic! I think awesomesauce is basically just something really awesome? I dunno. Thanks for linking up with the Weekend Blog Walk! :)