Ain’t no (lame) party like a language snob party. The easily outraged have found another reason to be outraged, as the Oxford Dictionary has added dozens of new words, many of them derived from the web and social media, to OxfordDictionaries.com.
Among them: YOLO, amazeballs, side boob, adorbs, dox, cray, humblebrag and my personal favorite, douchebaggery. Check out the entire list and smile, fume, pffft or whatever reaction you want to have.
I cover tech, but I’m no True Believer. I’m pretty much your average American who does what other Americans do with tech: read, talk, text, learn. And none of Oxford’s additions make me SMDH. In fact, I think it’s a pretty valuable service, especially for people who aren’t familiar with digital lingo. For example, my dad certainly has no idea what “mansplaining” means, but I’m sure he’d love to refer to a trusted dictionary to find out. Education FTW.
I am surprised to find, however, that the True Believers at Engadget, those endless spewers of self-congratulatory and arcane tech jargon, actually have a problem with this:
Throughout 2014’s great dictionary refresh, one publication remained above attention-grabbing fripperies like adding YOLO, amazeballs and selfie to their lists. That’s why we’re disappointed to report that even the venerated Oxford English Dictionary has now sunk down to this level.
This, from an online publication that has been proselytizing tech and its accompanying babble-speak for years as if it were religion. But now they mock the gatekeepers of language for embracing language’s new world order.
I am absolutely certain that previous generations were appalled at some of the “slang” that worked its way into official dictionaries over the years. When I was a kid, the addition of “ain’t” was received by my teachers as the end of Western Civilization. Yet the English language survived that epochal event and many others over the years.
WDYT, good people?