Word Nerd Wednesday: New Words That Are Not

I’m finna ask you all to bear with me and read through what might seem like a sequel to The Jabberwocky.

2020 single-handedly changed the nature of the English language. Supposably, we must expand our dictionaries to reflect the dialects of every ethnic group, no matter how much their dialects butcher the English language.  We also need to embiggen our perspectives to linguistically address the rapid changes occurring as we secure justice for all of us burdened, oppressed BIPOCs of America.

I am far from the GOAT when it comes to words, etymology, or their meanings, but have acronyms always been listed in the dictionary? I mean, GOAT and BIPOC represent nine specific words between them. Are dictionaries not collections of specific words? Turns out that G.O.A.T. is listed in the “slang category. Given that there is already a real, concrete easily identifiable and universally accepted understanding of what a goat is, GOAT doesn’t quite fit in at the big kids’ table.

Because the English language must be primarily under girded with an understanding of economic and social justice, there are a few words that must not be left out. After all, when the inevitable result of all this stimulus comes knocking, certain words need to be a part of the lexicon. Universal Basic Income, for starters, must be included. Since we’re a lazy lot who can’t be bothered to say it out, best list it as UBI for expedience sake.

I’m a habitual doomscroller, and apparently there are a lot of people who could chime in to say “Me too!” (scroll down to definition 2 of 2). Every time we doomscroll onto a headline revealing a chick coming out to say a guy stood too close to her in the elevator, at least 100 of us can fully relate to the trauma she experienced* So let’s add both of those to the dictionary as well.

Thankfully this year, our children were not subjected to the highly ineffective modes of hybrid learning or blended learning, which the record has shown is mostly all hybrid and blending, but very little learning. Google, on the other hand, has had a bang up year when it comes to machine learning!

I really could go on and on about this, but I get the feeling you know how I feel about this rapid evolution. Besides, I need to take a bio break.**

*I am extremely sympathetic to victims of actual abuse, so please pause your outrage meters. I just don’t happen to think every unpleasant encounter between a man and a woman constitutes abuse, which is what the word Abuse has been expanded to mean.
** That’s TMI, and I would never tell y’all that. I just couldn’t resist including that stupid new “word” in this wieldy diatribe.
***Hey, wait! Can we add my word (wieldy) to dictionary.com?

10 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday: New Words That Are Not

  1. Will S. says:

    I love how ‘bio break’ demonstrates the unreality of the world of these people; probably even before WuFlu but now more than ever, their entire existence is online, and so they begrudgingly have to acknowledge a biological need that they have as beings still made of flesh and blood…

    These are the same kind of people who made ‘meatspace’ a term, as if ‘cyberspace’ needed a counterpart. (As if ‘real life’ wasn’t sufficient…)

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  2. Elspeth says:

    The whole bio break thing is so incredibly stupid. I couldn’t believe that dictionary.com gave it credence.

    But then again, they gave “finna” a slot in their ridiculous dictionary.

    In our house when we want to know what a word really means, we pull out an old dictionary. Very old. We have several. The best one is Webster’s 1828.

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  3. maea says:

    I didn’t know most of these were added to the dictionary. Since I work in IT, “machine learning” is a term but not one I expect to see in Harper-Collins or Webster’s.

    The sad part is Scrabble changed their rules a few years ago, and now it allows all kinds of awful slang. I quit playing Scrabble online when the supposed word “Jafa” was used. I seriously looked it up, got disgusted, and closed it out. Unless people are willing to play the game using pre-nonsense rules, looks like my husband and I will only play it at home.

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  4. Bike Bubba says:

    Regarding the 1828, I’ve been telling a joke since I was young about how they took the word “gullible” out of the dictionary.

    Guess what wasn’t a word in common use in 1828? (hangs head in shame)

    And somehow Weird Al comes to mind here with “Word Crimes”

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  5. Elspeth says:

    I have no etymological proof for this, Bike. But I always envisioned the word “gullible” as an evolution of something like “guile-able”.

    The word (according to etymology online) is from 1821. Which means that unlike today, it took a long time for a word to evolve from common usage to being formally recognized.

    Hence its omission from Noah Webster’s 1828.

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