Have you heard any new words lately? Well, they’re being added to the English language all the time.
Have you heard any new words lately? Well, they’re being added to the English language all the time. But how do you know if a word’s just a bit of slang among friends - or if pretty much everybody will know what you mean when it trips off your tongue? Answer: When it shows up in the dictionary!
So, courtesy of the Associated Press, here are a few words that have recently been added to Merriam-Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary:
- Soul Patch - a wispy tuft of hair right below your lower lip that’s not big enough to be a goatee.
- Unibrow - Instead of an eyebrow above each eye with a space in between, it’s one long, uninterrupted line of hair.
- Drama Queen – someone who’s frequently over-dramatic or over-emotional.
- Himbo -That’s an attractive but empty-headed man. Think “male bimbo.”
- Empty Suit - an ineffectual executive.
- Mouse Potato - It’s a popular twist on the phrase couch potato – meaning someone who’s always in front of a computer.
- Bling - which means big, flashy, glitzy jewelry.
- Google – the online search engine name is now a verb meaning “to search for something on the Internet.”
Let’s see if I can put these words in a sentence: “My friend the mouse potato was Googling himself at a cyber café, when this empty suit sat down just dripping with bling, sporting a soul patch and a unibrow – and he was so rude to the waiter, we couldn’t decide if he was a clueless himbo or just a drama queen.”