Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Death of the English Language

Today, friends, we must mourn the passing of the English language. I love language. I love the nuances that a word can present. I love playing with words to see which one fits best in a sentence. I love that words can trigger emotions. However, as of this year, the keeper of our language, Merriam-Webster, added a word that has, to me, the effect of crumbling the foundation of our language heritage: ginormous.

Ginormous is a baby word. Toddlers use words like ginormous, not adults. What are they adding next year, gazillion? Oh wait, I checked online and they've already added that to the dictionary. Here are the words added this year:

1. agnolotti
2. Bollywood
3. chaebol
4. crunk
5. DVR
6. flex-cuff
7. ginormous
8. gray literature
9. hardscape
10. IED
11. microgreen
12. nocebo
13. perfect storm
14. RPG
15. smackdown
16. snowboardcross
17. speed dating
18. sudoku
19. telenovela
20. viewshed

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Mikeachim said...

"Viewshed" only this year? Good grief. It's been used in archaeology since the '60s. I was doing Viewshed Anaylsis in 2001.
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'Ginormous' is a dreadful neologism. I'd like to break it into pieces, and jump up and down on them. Bloody awful.
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I'm also surprised RPG, DVR and the like have been added. Aren't they just acronyms?
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*sigh* Language sux. <-- only a matter of time before that ends in there.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Mikeachim said...

That's 'Analysis', by the way. Not Anaylsis. Which, er, is a kind of specialist archaeological technique which involves inducing magnetic currents in, er....
Alright, it was a typo.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Jay Gray said...

Ha smackdown. That actually got me chuckling.

12:55 PM  
Blogger liv said...

Is that the same as "laying the smack down?" Because I don't like having to do it, but sometimes I must.

4:45 PM  

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