New words are being invented all the time, both online and offline. The Internet is responsible for a host of new words and phrases, many of which end up making it into dictionaries.
Having previously looked at 10 Internet phrases we would like to see die in a fire, it’s high time we balanced things out with a look at a collection of new words currently vying for inclusion in the next Collins English Dictionary.
This is the Twictionary. Drumroll, please…
— Collins Dictionary (@collinsdict) May 23, 2014
Collins has chosen nine words it feels have crossed over into the mainstream to such a degree they can legitimately be added to a real dictionary. And as physical books can sit on shelves for many generations, this is a huge responsibility for us all.
Or perhaps it’s just a bit of fun and we can all spend the weekend using these words at inappropriate times. You can decide that for yourself, but to make sure you’re using the words in the correct manner we have defined each of them below.
I’m super excited for Big Hero 6. It looks adorkable.
— TOOLERZ (@TairuPANdA) May 23, 2014
Dorky in an adorable way.
If you’re dorky and adorable then you’re adorkable. Hipsters the world over will be overjoyed at the news. “Hey, look at that guy reading Twilight. He’s so adorkable I want to marry him.”
Why do people hate on the “duck face” whys it matter what face someone makes In a pic to you.. You must be bored. Get a new activity. ????
— SydneyRae (@SydneyRaeFace) May 18, 2014
The traditional ‘pouting’ facial expression in selfies.
No one seems to know why women pull a duckface as soon as a camera is pointed at them. But they do it. A lot. “I thought that girl was hot until I got the photos developed and saw her duckface. Ugh.”
— Maxim Tucker (@MaxRTucker) May 21, 2014
The original pro-Europe protests in Ukraine.
The only serious word on the list, which makes me balk at the idea of mocking it. But what the hell. “Did you see EuroMaidan on the news last night? It sure beat the riots in London for causing chaos.”
What did you think of that ‘fatberg’? Scarey! That’s what happens when we pour fat down our sinks. They clog up your pipes – and the sewers.
— Sean Robinson (@SeanRobinson530) May 20, 2014
A large mass of solid waste, grease, etc, clogging a sewage system.
Once you’ve seen a fatberg you can never unsee it. And to think these things all live in the sewers below us. “The water takes ages to run away. My plumber is blaming the fatberg, which turned out to be the nickname he uses for his wife.”
— Michael A. Shirley (@4HMan) May 18, 2014
A farmer selfie.
Everyone takes selfies, even farmers, apparently, though I have never seen one doing so myself. A farmer selfie is a felfie, obviously. “Oh, I love taking felfies. This is me with Dolly the sheep. And this is me with Dobbin the horse. I suck at naming my animals.”
No to all of them. Especially to Fracktivist. If you do that, then you MUST add words for activists against ANYTHING! http://t.co/e6xMpERnRh
— Ben Farrow (@EstragonHelmer) May 22, 2014
An activist who protests against fracking.
Fracking is a controversial process which has caused activists to rise up against those keen on it. These people are fracking activists, or fracktivists. “Watch out, the fractivist army is heading our way, and they have placards. Placards!”
It’s a Gayday in the Gayborhood! Won’t you be my neighbor?????????
— cluelessgayguy (@songsnotthesame) May 23, 2014
Gay-friendly neighbourhood, eg Castro in San Francisco.
To counter the problem of homophobia, gay-friendly neighbourhoods are becoming commonplace. And what better way to describe them than gaybourhoods. “Welcome to the gaybourhood, everyone is welcome here. Except homophobes.”
— gee atherton (@gee_atherton) May 14, 2014
Selfie of a woman without make-up, posted online to raise awareness.
The #nomakeupselfie hashtag was intended to raise money and awareness for cancer charities. And it did. But it also reminded people that there is such a thing as natural beauty. “Miley Cyrus posted a nomakeupselfie, but she kept hold of the foam finger.”
Vaguebooking is a cheap way to get attention from people. Same goes for Vaguetweeting. Just say what you mean.
— Dana Lisa Young (@danayoung) May 21, 2014
Posting deliberately vague status updates on social media.
We covered the imbecilic art of vaguebooking in depth a couple of years ago. It’s an ongoing problem though, and together we can find a cure. “My cousin is vaguebooking again, but you can’t unfriend family members, can you?”
Now that you know what all of the words in the Collins Twictionary mean and how you would use them in a sentence, it’s time to vote for your favorite. Voting ends on May 28, which only gives you a few days to get tweeting with your preferred choice.
Don’t pull an adorkable duckface while voting, or some felfie-loving fractivists may launch a fatberg on your vaguebooking gayborhood in an attack which #nomakeupselfie-supporting journalists will describe as the new EuroMaidan.
You have been warned. Now do your duty.
Image Credits: jDevaun via Flickr