Every so often, one of the two big dictionary companies, Merriam Webster or Oxford, attempts to maintain the most basic level of relevance by adding a few hip, new words, in what always feels more like an attempt to recapture a younger audience than a methodical exploration of the evolving nature of language.
A majority of the newly minted words are perfectly tailored to describe and encompass day-to-day life in the new San Francisco reality we’ve built for ourselves. Here are some of my favorite new sentences that no longer contain any slang. Again, you can use these words on the SAT, or in a job interview, they’re official. Amazeballs.
Luckily, if you feel like irrelevant slang pandering is too low-brow for you, Scrabble has accepted a bunch of new words to make playing with your smart friends even more frustrating! With 5,000 brand new obscure referential entries, including words like te, gi, and mojito, you’re guaranteed to spend hours of fun shouting “challenge!” and “bullshit!” time and time again!
Geocache also made it on the list of new Scrabble words, having been voted in via Facebook contest back in May. The concept that we can crowdsource game rules is equal parts terrifying and thrilling. Perhaps by this time next year we can get “ratchet” and “schmoney” into a legal document, clearly the onus is on us.
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