Words of Summer

Words ofSummer

Just in time for your summer staycation reading pleasure, 100 new words and phrases have been added to the eleventh edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. You may have read about this in lexicographic fan fiction, but if you missed it, turn down that loud reggaeton, finish your schwarma, and click on these new items of semi-official American English.

Some new words like haram seem pretty kosher; others are phony as a sock puppet and we wouldn’t use them with our worst frenemy. Find new words you like? Text ’em to the whole flash mob.’


Image (after a WWII poster) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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3 Responses to “Words of Summer”

  1. pawsinsd Says:

    We’re stay-cating this year and yes, there was a reggae/hip hop fest down the path and they tried to charge $7 valet/$20 priority parking including fees for the concert. We left town.

    I can’t promise we’ll use this time to check out the dictionary but sincerely appreciate the fact that you did.

    You will like the fact that I’m looking, two months into acoustic guitar, into discordant tones and may hate me for liking one song that was recorded in this century. Mainly it’s Dylan, Cash, Baez, Dire Straits…

    Nice way to be remembered, but no, I’m not going out the MJ way. But if Jennifer Hudson would sing that song for me, I might reconsider. Hope you guys are doing OK out there and keeping up your good works. I’ve re-entered the dog wars just a bit. Only letters-to-the-editor. D

  2. Dee Says:

    M-W will play in the country (that’s the Merriam Webster dictionary)
    M-W will play by the sea

    The machine says you’ll get rid of me
    Let’s take one step and see

    Mine says I want to delete you
    I say no way no how

    My love sleeps soundly, as does our Zoe
    Tomorrow might relieve this cloud

    Goodnight Irene…
    Yes, and I want to find a Martin 000-15.

    Going back to bed now after fighting this thing.

  3. nonnie9999 Says:

    schwarma? isn’t that the guy who played ross in friends?

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