Word geeks like me get a kick out of the Oxford English Dictionary’s (OED) additions and deletions to our lexicon. This morning on my Twitter feed I found the shortlist for 2011’s word of the year, along with OED definitions (thanks @mashable), and among them are:
- Bunga bunga: Used in reference to parties hosted by the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, at which various illicit sexual activities were alleged to have taken place.
- Clicktivism: The use of social media and other online methods to promote a cause.
- Crowdfunding: The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.
- Gamification: The application of concepts and techniques from games to other areas of activity, for instance as an online marketing technique.
- Tiger mother: A demanding mother who pushes her children to high achievement using methods regarded as typical of Asian childrearing.
FYI, retweet and sexting were added to the dictionary in August, and earlier this year, the terms LOL, <3 and OMG.
So this got me to thinking, as this Thanksgiving holiday weekend comes to a close, what items might the OED have missed? Here are some of my ideas.
- Bloatulism: That feeling just beyond exquisitely full that borders on nausea
- L-tryptophantasy: imagining that the dishes will be washed and put away when you wake up the next morning
- OccuPyCrustNow: Sitting around the kitchen table picking at the last crumbs of the apple pie
- BlackFridaySaturdaySunday: When only black clothes, preferably with lots of elastic, will suffice
- NordStromboli: Craving Italian food after a tough day at the mall
- WeAreThe99% Fat-Free: Swearing off carbs for the rest of one’s life. Or until the December holidays.
- WeightWeightDon’tTellMe: Stepping on the scale while covering one’s eyes
- Maaloxandbagels: our Sunday brunch menu
- FingerClickinGood: no more leftovers; ordering Chinese takeout online
What say you, OED?