A mere five years ago, our friends at the Oxford English Dictionary added some words. “New” words can appear to come out of left field. They can also be remarkable because they don’t seem to be new at all, or for myriad other reasons. Though many words on the “new” list are worthy of comment, the following words caught my eye.
SCOTUS is an acronym referring to the Supreme Court of theUnited States. What I find most intriguing about this addition is the lack of its sibling acronyms POTUS, President of the United States, & FLOTUS, First Lady of the United States.
And if we have acronyms, why not backronyms. There are two types of this "new" word. The first sort is a word which is not an acronym, but is believed to be one. The story has been told that the word cop stands for constable on patrol, but this is not the word’s origin. The second type of backronym is a purposefully constructed acronym. The condition of sneezing upon seeing a sudden bright light has been creatively labeled autosomal dominant compelling helio-opthalmic outburst, or ACHOO.
The word cisgender refers to a person who identifies or experiences the same gender that society associates with that person.
To declutter is to remove clutter.
A decorated thermal insulation jacket for cans or bottles is called a koozie.
The word meh is an interjection used to communicate a lack of enthusiasm.
A stagette party is the party held for the bride.
A yaar is a friend, buddy, or pal.
Good readers, which of these seem worthy of comment to you?
Big thanks to this week’s sources: Wordnik, Etymonline, The Public OED, About Education, & the OED.
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