Originally published September 4, 2013 at 4:48 p.m., updated October 2, 2013 at 4:48 p.m./lk
I’m not squeeing much this week after checking out the new words recently added to the dictionary.
Oh, you’ve never heard of “squee”? That’s because it’s one of those new buzzworthy words in the Oxford Dictionaries, srsly.
Yes, buzzworthy and srsly (what we used to spell as seriously) were added, too. My apols, if my derp is too much to take after the holiday.
Yes, they were added, too. Apols is now in the dictionary, essentially replacing apology. As for derp, that’s sheer stupidity, srsly.
Others finding their way into formal language this year at Oxford include twerk, selfie, jorts, geek chic, girl crush, phablet, emoji, and the list goes on.
I guess I have a fomo going on here. You know, the new word that simply means fear of missing out. You can look that one up, too.
A lot of the new words appearing have to do with changing technology.
Take selfie, for example. We’ve all seen people take pictures of themselves with their cellphones and post them to a Facebook page. Well, the word for that picture is selfie.
I might have to try a selfie the next time I’m trying out a phablet. What’s that, you say? It’s what college-types are calling smartphones with a larger display, but not as large as a tablet.
You might say it’s the word used to explain a device that is somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet in size.
In the last week, I’m fairly sure most of you learned the definition, thanks to Miley Cyrus’ performance on MTV’s Video Music Awards.
Defined, twerk essentially means sexually provocative dancing, using the hips of course. To twerk, you have to work it.
I’m pretty sure my life would be better off if that word didn’t make the dictionary. Thanks, Miley.
And here I thought I might try a digital detox — that’s in the dictionary defined as a break from smartphones, tablets, computers ... you get the picture. But I think I’m probably better off sticking with my electronics than learning the new words I’m apt to find in books and the dictionary.
I guess you could say I’ll be more geek chic (added, too). Being geek chic means staying in electronic fashion.
Heck, maybe we’ll have a BYOD day here soon. Of course, you’ll have to bring your own device.
You’ll want it with you anyway so you can try out all the new dictionary words.
There’s a whole familial addition this year — MIL, FIL, BIL and SIL. Those are all your in-laws: mother, father, brother and sister.
Rather than a BYOD day, maybe I should just try to get some me time. That’s in the dictionary now, too.
Taking me time means getting away from work, responsibilities and just focusing on yourself.
Of course, then everything else could become an omnishambles.
Guess I’ll just unlike the new entries and keep working from my old Webster’s New Dictionary and Associated Press style book, and you’ll continue reading more traditional words.
Roger Harnack is the editor and publisher of The Chronicle. He can be reached at 509-826-1110 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.