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.**