Dictionary Wars (or words of mass destraction). By
The Oxford English Dictionary has recently added such words as
bling-bling, pilates, rehab, docusoaps, reiki, bad ass, G-spot, alcopops and
So one could say "I'm just out of rehab and I'm going to meet up
with a badass bling-bling, drink some alcopops and start shooting my docusoap
on reiki versus pilates which'll have a drum-and-bass soundtrack."
afraid I couldn't find a place for G-spot. (fnarr fnarr!)
The chaps at Collins Dictionary are not impressed by this. They,
as you may already know, are the official dictionary of Scrabble.
insist. "You can't have anoraky on a double word
"Klingon isn't a real word!" They admonish. (Even if the K is
on a triple letter score...)
Publishing dictionaries is not an exciting business and this is
obviously a way for the Oxford University Press to raise the profile of their
product. Maybe there's another opportunity here?
American dictionaries such as
Webster may like to include some new words invented by their President,
George "W" Bush?
Some examples (from
resignate which means; resonate (I
foreign-handed which means, errr... something to do with
subliminabable probably means;
inoculate In the context "this is a way to help
inoculate me about what has come and is coming." So it probably means; warn
terriers I think that one is;
analyzation A true Bushism! Means;
emotionality Means; feeling of
forethought As in "the forethought of our thinking".
Ooh dear, there's smoke coming out of the spell checker now
I'm afraid that all these Bushisms are affectating my
thought-prospects to an unedifecatory degredation.
must desisterate imminately.
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