Every year more words are inducted into Webster’s Dictionary. There is ALWAYS backlash from the literary word masters of our day and age…ie word snobs. That’s what I shall calleth them…Those thespians that apparently are firmly wedged in the dark ages where thine, ere and thee were popular, whom want to ignore that “Muah ha ha” is now an acceptable real word.
They call it “dumbing down” the English language.
I disagree. I call it literary, expressive evolution. Ridiculous as the new words may seem. Shouldn’t we at least document these changes to our vocabulary? I mean, if the Mayans are right and we are wiped out in December, wouldn’t we want futuristic explorers to know we were so advanced that we used words like crunk, hoser, ginormous and smackdown?
What the literary snobs of our time don’t talk about is that there are also words like textaphrenia, retainage, deconflict, agreeance, and phytoconstituents being added as well. So, along with the doltish terms being appended, are also the hyperintelligent.
I mean how can we add some words and not others – just because you may not be a fangirl (also a new word – look it up) of them.
Grow up and stop being such a linguistic bully. Let those silly little guys live and have their place in literary history too.