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Collins English Dictionary Reveals Several New Words
« on: November 17, 2008, 03:40:22 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081117/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_new_word

Kind of interesting to me.  Internet and pop jargon is increasingly being incorporated into real language...

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Re: Collins English Dictionary Reveals Several New Words
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008, 04:05:08 PM »
Language evolves over time. That's simply the way of it. I'm not at all surprised to see this.

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Re: Collins English Dictionary Reveals Several New Words
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2008, 04:54:29 PM »
Hey just because it's now a word doesn't mean it's still paper worthy. Besides if Webster or Oxford doesn't accept it who cares... XD Just kidding.

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Re: Collins English Dictionary Reveals Several New Words
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2008, 05:00:33 PM »
Those that are worthy will be adopted into everyday use. Those that aren't will fade away.

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Re: Collins English Dictionary Reveals Several New Words
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2008, 05:27:53 PM »
Those that are worthy will be adopted into everyday use. Those that aren't will fade away.
Heck, that doesn't guarantee it'll stick. :|

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Re: Collins English Dictionary Reveals Several New Words
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2008, 05:29:14 PM »
Nope, but it may well stick around for a time.

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Re: Collins English Dictionary Reveals Several New Words
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2008, 08:59:38 PM »


I use heh all the time, meh every so often.

I hate 'frenemy' though, to the point that I'm going to hard pressed not to slug anyone I hear using it in a professional context such as a job. It needs to go into trash heap along with overused terminology like diva. Not every female pop star that makes more than three albums is a diva, and Sir Elton John is most certainly not a diva...he's a gay dude with a huge recording career.

I think if we add words to the lexicon we should trim out the stupid ones.

That includes phrases too make me Overlord of The Universe and nobody will be able to say 'on the go' under any context whatsoever. Freaking stupid.

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Re: Collins English Dictionary Reveals Several New Words
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2008, 09:04:39 PM »
If it helps any, when I first saw 'frenemy' (in that article, as it happens), my first thought was that it looked like 'frenulum' - and that association alone makes it impossible to use around me without gales of inappropriate laughter at the speaker.

And for what it's worth, the exclamation "Oh, get out!" should just go.  (All apologies to George Carlin for the probable misquote.)
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Re: Collins English Dictionary Reveals Several New Words
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2008, 09:26:50 PM »

And for what it's worth, the exclamation "Oh, get out!" should just go

Actually, I am thinking that was Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes.

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(wiki) Elaine's signature move is expressing incredulity by frontally shoving people while yelling "Get out!" after hearing unbelievable news. It sometimes causes the person to fall down or trip.

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Re: Collins English Dictionary Reveals Several New Words
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2008, 09:35:46 PM »
Yes, but I think that George Carlin used it in his monologue about how white women should "Stop. trying. to be black."  The whole 'Girlfriend!' thing.  *gags*