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OMG New Words

22
Aug
2014
 

By Miranda

OMG New Words
Oh well, that one's been in for a while, but OxfordDictionaries.com has recently added YOLO and ICYMI to the canon - that's 'You only live once' (usually as a justification for a particularly silly, possibly dangerous action) and 'In case you missed it', a phrase particularly useful for showing how au fait you are with latest trends and emphasising this in communication with others.
One that's going to be interesting for NSW's newspaper of record, the Sydney Morning Herald, is the initialism SMH which has been appropriated to stand for 'Shake my head', expressing various negative emotions loosely associated with disbelief. On the other hand, perhaps that's an appropriate response to the news...
'Hot diggity' has also been included. This was a surprise as I'd thought it had been around for some time. It turns out that it has, but mostly in North America.
And a warning about 'clickbait'. This apparently alluring content is solely designed to make you click and enter. Technically it's the content (according to the dictionaries) but it could easily apply to enticing chances to win that turn out to be yet another sales site. Caveat emptor. 
While to 'vape', with an 'e-cig', may be using the very latest in tech and tech-words, it is no substitute for just giving up nicotine. It is, however, disturbingly so much easier.
But you'll be pleased to know that, among the many items of tech origin which have made it to the dictionaries recently, there is at least one actual thing that's been around for quite a while.
The olinguito, a little furry creature from South America.
 
 
By Mark Gurney [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 
 
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5647 Responses to

OMG New Words

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nan_j said:
November 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Enjoy your day Granma.

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iandor said:
November 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

good day everybody, does anyone know what happened to the other blog? I am interested in accents, I have one myself. I cannot do cryptic crosswords either and I do five crosswords every day to fight off brain death; many oldies do to. I have the brains to do whatever I like but not the right sort of brain for cryptic I think. Rgds Ian

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jafa said:
November 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM

LOL LOL So-oo confusing! I commented to you about your writing on the other blog, Ian :)))

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jafa said:
November 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

"G'day mate/buddy/pal/bro" can be located under Players' Lounge... at the top of this page :)))

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iandor said:
November 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Thanks jafa; I have forgotten but were you the lady that didn't like to be called sweetheart? Rgds Ian

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jafa said:
November 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

LOL Ian, I l-o-v-e terms of endearment :))) You can call me sweetheart whenever you like :)))

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jafa said:
November 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I think I have THE two happiest dogs! Pebbles is so bossy (and sweet) that Hamish is NEVER EVER bored... He's one happy little man... :)))