Today marks the launch of the centenary edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, first compiled by the Fowler brothers in 1911: an event traditionally marked by a press release including words added for the first time. This year's new entries include: woot, retweet, cyberbullying, denialist, gastric band and the surely …
can't words have numbers in them?
Shirley, it should be "w00t" not "woot"....
Don't call me Shirley!
Can't play it in scrabble if it has numbers in it!
So what does woot mean?
No. Grownups don't use numbers in their words
re: No. Grownups don't use numbers in their words
grownups don't use words like woot either.
cos they're not 1337 enuf
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pr1m4r1ly 4s 4 m34n5 0f 0bfu5c471n9 c0mm0n d1c710n4ry pa55w0rd5... ;)
and from 2009
I suppose that could be replaced with "server room" or "datacentre" these days ... certainly, I spend a lot of time growling while I'm there ...
Have you looked at the urban dictionary's definition of a growler?
Maybe a room dedicated to that would be interesting!
Already done - cf Bleak House by Dickens.
So I can't use the phrase "jet of water" anymore? are you kidding me? Thats a common phrase. which idiot voted for these new laws and what gives them the right to change the dictionary overnight without warning?
I think under the old rules, 'jet of water' would be considered a tautology -- on the basis that a jet by definition is of water. However, as the term jet is now less specific (type of engine, plane, ex-Gladiator, whatever), it's now fair enough to use the term 'jet of water'.
You can put down your green Biro now....
Agree with Richy
You can still use "Jet of Water", just now if you say "I saw a Jet" the ONLY reasonable conclusion someone would envision would be a jet airplane* no would assume a jet of water, and CERTAINLY no one would assume a ex-Gladiator... though sadly I am now reminded of this fact that I had happily until now forgotten.
(*Maybe a US football player if you were in or NY or New Jersey.. as they are the "Jets", but alas also named after the plane sooo......)
Oh and why do they get to decide....They OWN it! Make your own dictionary, and if you have better rules and definitions, gradually you would have the control over what is included or not.
(They being whomever bought or inherited from the original brothers of course)
Why do I suddenly feel like I am playing Counter Strike, only time I ever used such words!
I think every man needs a growlery, otherwise known as a shed
(noun) - A room used to complain about nocturnal birds.
So "Jet of water" is now illegal?
So much for progress ....
So what is the proffered alternative to Jet? I want to copyright it with the suffix "wash".
it's absolutely illegal. As are fire hoses, water jet cutters, and the sort of water cannon that may be threatened as a way to disrupt a riot.
Using any of these devices, or even thinking about jets that are not of the engine variety, will get you a jail term of between 6 months and four years. And you better not live in a council house or you'll lose that too.
stream is becoming an popular alternative to jet. All those text adventure games are going to have to be rehauled.
"You are in a corridor. There are exits to the North and South. There is a hole in the wall. What do you want to do?"
>Look in hole
"You peer into the hole. A jet of boiling water shoots out of the hole and kills you instantly"
Meh. Makes a change from bloody Grues all the time.
ILLEGAL? It's a dictionary
It's not a statute book. Dictionaries are lists of words in common usage, they are not legally binding in any way shape or form. Usage dictates what goes in the dictionary, not the other way around.
Obvious trolls are obvious.
But not, alas, funny.
Back in my day we called slow food
Don't think I'll be taking my car to the local Jet Wash for fear of an F16 wiping it down.
More new words needed
Being Blackadder / Simpsons / etc. fans in our office, us lads are trying to get the words "embiggen", "cromulant", "contrafribularities" and "interfrastically" into the common tongue. Though no-one we know outside these walls know what we mean however.
Nice to see that The Reg uses "embiggen" now and again though!
Come to think of it, "nerdgasm" would be a good one too...
See me afterwards
It's crumulEnt, bodoh.
I'm anaspectic, frasmotic, even compunctous to have caused you such pericombobulation!
just a suffix really
really this suffix is used on a lot of variations, each one not needing their own word.
X-gasm just means a huge rush of pleasure from X
Wargasm, nerdgasm, foodgasm, footballgasm... you get the idea.
In some cases like Wargasm it can be used to derogatorily imply that subject gets sexual gratification from something that most think they should not.
wow...I think I just a wordgasm.
...Not to mention the Turboencabulator.
We all need hydrocoptic marzelvanes fitted to our ambifacient lunar vaneshafts.
However, I remain anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation.
Under what conditions...
...would sexting be formal?
When addressing the Queen, of course.
If the parties had been properly introduced beforehand.
When you're sexting the Queen!
At dinner parties, tie and gown receptions and/or during sex
Presumably, while wooting one's sexter-to-be...
Which leads to the question of whether one needs to obtain fatherly consent first. A whole new area for Debrett's, methinks.
Style, not grammar.
"Sexting also gets the nod: for informal usage only, grammar fans."
The use of informal language is a question of style, not grammar. But then, a fair percentage of the internet's grammar Nazism is actually style Nazism.
What on earth
So what on earth do mankini and jeggings mean?
Come on guys, you just made them up didn't you?
Would it not be more relevant to include words in common use, which generally means those that people have heard of?
sorry I know the answer...
Mankini is a bikini on a man....the show talk soup on the E! network in the U.S. has a regular character called "Mankini" that comes out wearing...a bikini of course. Wish I had never seen that one.... I guess some people use this to refer to speedo style bathing suits that look like the bottom half of a Bikini (that are rare in US, but more common in the EU)
Jeggings are a cross between Jeans and Leggins, they are lycra/strech pants that form-fit but look like they are jeans made of Denim. On an attractive woman, they are VERY form fitting.
Of course Conan O brien wore a pair, which was another sight I could have gone a life without seeing.....
Hate to break this to you...
... but they're both in common usage, Jeggings are leggings designed to appear as if they made of denim. A mankini is a skimpy bit of swimwear for blokes (see Borat).
Tbh though, the COED has been adding very questionable words for years now. I'd stick to the good old fashioned OED. It's got a lot more heft to it which should come in useful next time you hear someone use the word 'sexting'.
Since when did people stop using jet to mean a stream of water? Still very commonly used in my experience.
I thought the sgt major was a lady.
They're a few years late with that one. Seems like it has already fallen out of pop culture and will be blissfully forgotten in the not too distant future.
Retweet and marconigram
there is something eerie about those two words that make think that they will share the same fate for similar reasons.
Norfolk? Shirley not? Here in Norfolk we'd refer you to certain parts of Lincolnshire. Impaludism certainly threw the spellchecker though, as apparently did spellchecker.
Not Norfolk (apart from possibly around the A17 between Kings Lynn and Wisbech), but dear old Slough. I ought to know, I am an Old Paludian.
That "leverage" has not been recognised as a verb
Back on my favourite Bete Noire - see frequent postings.
Not just compiled...
...but wrote. The Fowler brothers had to actually write the entries from S to Z, as the complete OED hadn't got that far through the alphabet by then.
Someone who's job has recently become S to Z...
Not to be confused with typetroller ofc...
Just please tell me ...
... that they kept my favorite obscure word, "velleity". Although given that my grandfather was from the Appalachian foothills in Kentucky, we never used the Oxford pronunciation.
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