YOUNG AND DYNAMIC

Making a brief foray into Oxford English Dictionaries today (http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2017/02/dictionary-new-words/) I stumbled upon an interesting text there. As you will see, the method used by the compilers to present the list of new words is the same that I tried to demonstrate in my yesterday’s blog: a crammed story. Since the new words are not explained by the authors immediately, I decided to make things easier for the followers of my entries and labored through the definitions of the neologisms myself. The result may be seen below. I also included some comments that went after the text. However, I do not agree with the commenters. No matter how infrequent the new coinages may be (that’s what the commenters say!), the new vocabulary testifies to how powerful the English language may be by dynamically adapting itself to the new realities and reflecting the spirit of the younger generation. ENJOY!

2017-07-05new-wordsOxford Dictionaries publishes an update of new entries today (#squadgoals), so let’s celebrate with a chest bump. This is truly a Kodak moment, so maybe it’s time to take a video selfie, and you’d better not untag yourself! Though it might not be the stuff of fitspo, you can still make room for this on your image board. Get yourself comfortable, check above you for drop bears, and grab yourself a cup of pour-over – It’s better than drinking the haterade! We’re very excited to share with you the Oxford Dictionaries’ funtastic list of new words.

 SQUAD GOAL

Usually in the plural:  squad goals
informal 

Used in reference to a person or thing seen as a model to aspire to or emulate, especially with one’s friends (often as a hashtag in social media). Your squad goals are entirely dependent on the members of your squad; so, while some people’s squad goals involve looking like celebrities, others might involve reading every Jane Austen book in the NY Public Library.

‘this photo is the best case of squad goals we’ve ever seen’

‘the video is serious squad goals’

 CHEST BUMP

informal 

A gesture of greeting or celebration in which two people jump and push their chests together.

‘a celebratory chest bump from the team’s coach’

(as a VERB):

[WITH OBJECT]informal 

Greet or celebrate with (someone) by jumping and pushing one’s chest against theirs.

‘he went to chest-bump a teammate’

no object ‘they chest-bumped and high-fived’

 

KODAK MOMENT

An occasion suitable for memorializing with a photograph.

‘the phone is a great way to avoid missing a Kodak moment’

‘even policemen stood on chairs to capture a Kodak moment’

Origin

1980s: from Kodak, the proprietary name of a photography company, + moment.

 

VIDEO SELFIE

NOUN

informal 

A video that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.

‘he took a video selfie with the crowd’

 

UNTAG

“to remove a tag from any object/place (e.g. from pictures on facebook) that, otherwise, may hurt your reputation in some way”,

A: He took pictures of us and tagged me a few times. I hope people don’t think him and I are actually friends. B: Girl, you need to untag yourself, you don’t want any association with that.

 

FITSPIRATION

mass noun

A person or thing that serves as motivation for someone to sustain or improve health and fitness.

‘the perfect fitspiration for anyone wanting to tone up’

 

FITSPO

informal 

short for fitspiration

 

THINSPIRATION

An inspiration to stay thin.

A famous model was the girl’s thinspiration

 

IMAGE BOARD

A website or web page where users can post images relating to a particular issue or topic and reply to other users’ postings.

‘his photo somehow ended up on the anonymous image board’

 

DROP BEAR

Australian
humorous 

A mythical marsupial resembling a koala, said to live in trees and attack people by dropping on to their heads from above.

‘someone told him that he needed to put Vegemite behind his ears to ward off the drop bears’

 

POUR-OVER

 

1usually as modifier A method of brewing coffee by manually pouring boiling water through a filter filled with ground coffee beans.

‘I would love to try their pour-over coffee’

‘I like the pour-over method’

1.1 Coffee made by manually pouring boiling water through a filter filled with ground coffee beans.

‘they sigh and sip their pour-over’

as count noun ‘if you order a pour-over, expect to pay a little more’

 

DRINK THE HATERADE (pronounced <heitreid> by analogy with TIRADE <taireid>)

PHRASE

US
informal 

Indulge in excessively negative, critical, or resentful behaviour.

‘if you drink the haterade you will find yourself poisoned with gossip’

 

FUNTASTIC

informal 

Extremely enjoyable or entertaining.

‘she had herself a pretty funtastic weekend’

Origin

Late 19th century (in Fun-tastic fictions, the title of a section in the British satrical magazine Fun): blend of fun and fantastic

 

Some online comments:

  • English has died this day
  • Agreed 😦
  • You must be very young (to use the words)
  • Not all of these words are in common usage
  • Oxford Dictionaries are far too eager to include the latest patois
  • It could have been worse
  • Don’t drink the hetarade now!
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