Really? It finally made it's way into common usage after how many years? I think it Pillsbury Flour who ran the bakeoffs back in the 60's.
Edit: Yep, Google is sometimes our friend.... http://www.pillsbury.com/our-makers/bake-off-contest
Adorkable, photobomb, overshare, Tinder. What do these words have in common? Apart from being ridiculous portmanteaus and brand names that have made their way into common usage, they’re also words that will feature in this year’s new dictionaries. Queen Elizabeth photobombs members of the Australian hockey team at the …
I'll stick with Baeckeoffe, thank you very much!
It looks like the Collins is trying to turn itself in the Urban Dictionnary. Are they also replacing all their examples with ones questioning the sexual orientation of some Oregon middle-schooler's classmates?
My sister is consistently refereing to blenders as "mix-your-soup" and it's catching up in her circle of friends. To be included in the Collins next year I believe, together with "twitbooking" (TBD; reposting of content cross-websites perhaps?), "connectidate" (TBD, probably meeting people online or sumfin), etc...
Language evolves, I agree, but including in dictionnaries what is nothing more than the "adorkable" portmanteau-of-the-month for a subpopulation of American teenagers is hardly evolution. I bet 2/3 of these words have only ever been used by a few thousands of people at a time and will stop being used at all before the print version of the dictionnary come out.
> Pedant's corner, I know, but it's actually...
Nonono, it's the new spelling, all the rage on TwitBook this week, where have you been, like, in a cave on Mars or something? It's going to be in the dict* next month.
Also, in proper English "spell" is an irregular verb. Pedant right back at you!
*and this one the month after
> “textonym” – “one of two or more words that can be generated by pressing the same key combinations on a mobile, e.g. kiss and lips”.
That definition baffled me until I realised it was talking about predictive text input. When Urban Dictionary can write a definition better than Collins and Chambers, it's no wonder the publishing industry is dying.
Some people look on in Amazement at this Barefaced Blanket of Madcap Gossip put before our Eyeballs.
They think that this Dauntless Outbreak of Excitement is Obscene and the Remorseless Besmirching of our language with these Fashionable words is Equivocal at best as it Panders to Worthless Critics and makes them want to Rant.
I spot a textbook a posteriory selective factpicking. There are a few things to consider here:
Shakespeare had quite an aura, and quite a large audience, including most of the English-speaking "intellectual elite" of the time, he was not some 12yo posting to their friends.
Yet all these words did not make it to the dictionnaries until several years after he "invented" them (note that he actually did not invent most of them of course; he's just the first "tier-1" record of their use that we can find nowadays. They might have been common in the suburbs of London for several years before that, for all we know).
And finally if you pore over Shakespeare's writings you'll notice quite a few strange words that are understandable but did not make it to the dictionnaries of today (or only the most extensive ones, which mention such words _just_ because you may encounter them in a Shakespeare play).
Not every meme is worthy of dictionnary inclusion just because "Shakespeare Invented Words".
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