Language is a funny thing.
Try to bear that in mind while you are reading this post and, if you are so inclined, chortle out a chuckle every now and then.
*WARNING: Unplanned digression in five…four…*
Enough ellipses already. I’m like totally down with the kids. Lolz.
As an aside I just typed the word post and for some reason my weird internal Libre Office predictive text thingamawotsit keeps suggesting I say post-office-cum-shop.
Normally I’d be like that’s so on fleek but like I totally can’t remember like even scribing it.
As Owl once said to Winnie the Pooh, “Enough of this infernal folderol.”
As Owl did not ever (to my knowledge) say to Winnie the Pooh “Get to the effing point Welshie.”
The particularly rubbish words I used in the last couple of pseudo-paragraphs are in celebration of the new top-ten words that have been added to the Collins English dictionary this year. Apparently all the other words vote on their favourites and then it gets put forward to a committee chaired by the most important words like Antidisestablishmentarianism and Shiraz.
At least that’s how I hope it works.
Obvs makes me laugh so I use it. Lolz makes me want to punch people in the face. Fleek (or indeed on fleek) makes me want to punch Kardashians in the face while I lolz myself to death. Obvs.
There are some crackers in the list I have to admit.
To begin, Binge-Watch: to watch a large number of television programmes in succession.
Bonus points if they are all from one series. Guilty as charged on all counts atleastbeforethekidswereborn, no further questions m’lud.
Dadbod: an untoned and slightly plump male physique.
Apparently bonus points are on offer here if considered attractive. This is why I run. Let’s not mention the half a bottle of pinot noir that washed down the cream and blueberry filled meringue I had after supper.
Shaming: The act or practice of attempting to embarrass a person or group by drawing attention to their perceived offence, especially on social media.
Is this really a new word? I’m sure this was around before now. I refuse to accept the newness of this one. Any social media folks wishing to argue must do so in under 140 characters and in grammatically correct Ingerlish.
Corbynomics: the economic policies advocated by Jeremy Corbyn (leader of the UK Labour Party from 2015).
I don’t wish to appear churlish but it does seem like the gun has been Ben Johnsoned on this one. I’m long removed from UK politics but even a year ago I suspect most Labour supporters would have referred to him as Jeremy Who (son of Dr and Mrs) so to have a word named after him already seems a bit prem (that’s premature for you non-hipster folk).
I wonder if we will have Zumanomics here in South Africa. Apparently there’s an eleventy-seven percent chance.
Clean eating: the practice of following a diet that contains only natural foods and is low in sugar, salt and fat.
Not wishing to be picky (unlike all the people who follow any sort of dietary practice) but this strikes me as being two words. You could have at least used a hyphen. It’s not like it’s made from wheat.
Ghosting: the act or instance of ending a romantic relationship by not responding to attempts to communicate by the other party.
This one is brilliant. Back in the good old days when people had a physical presence rather than just an online one this would have been solved by just sitting outside your beloved’s house waiting until they had to leave for milk or bread. In our brave new world of online shopping and restraining orders people can get away with this shit so much more easily.
More is the pity.
Swipe: to move a finger across a touchscreen or an electronic device as a means of inputting a command.
I’m not convinced this is new. I think the truth here is that Apple and Samsung have been arguing about who invented the swipe and after a decade or so the word is now in the public domain.
Contactless: referring to payment systems which use RFID technology and do not require a customer’s signature or PIN number.
Is this really a new thing? We’ve had this in Africa for ages – it’s called fraud. Apparently in other parts of the world RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification – round these parts it’s more like Requires Fuck-All Identification.
Manspreading: the practice by a male passenger on public transport of sitting with his legs wide apart, so denying space to passengers beside him.
When I heard this on the radio earlier I nearly collapsed. Especially when someone phoned in and asked if you are trapped between two manspreaders do you become a mandwich?
…and finally…Transgender: of or relating to a person whose gender does not fully correspond to the sex assigned to them at birth.
I could spend a week on this one. The part that says does not fully correspond suggests that there is some sort of sliding scale of gender. I’m no expert but I don’t think that’s how it works. Is there some sort of tipping point of which I was not made aware?
“Hello. I’m Bruce and I’m 39.26% female.”
“Hi Bruce. Good job you’re not another 0.74% female or we might have to start called you Cait.”
Maybe it’s just my brain coupled with a late night and some red wine but there’s something about the sex assigned to them at birth that sounds almost around-the-time-of-the-second-world-war-in-a-country-close-to-France-esque in its level of dogmatism.
“That one there.”
“The slightly yellow one with the brown eyes?”
“Yes. That one. I assign its sex as female.”
“But Mein Führer it clearly has a wink…”
“FEMALE. Donner und blitzen, must I…what is it now?”
“It’s Eva. Says it’s important.”
“Tell I her I do not exist. I am nothing. I am not here.”
“Ghosting Mein Führer?”
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