Wordies Unite!

Wordies Unite!

| September 20, 2018

The Merriam Webster Dictionary added some new words during 2018. A favorite among fans of dictionaries is ‘wordie,’ which means ‘word lover’ and should not be confused with ‘wordy,’ which describes something with too many words. Dictionary newcomer ‘TL;DR’ (the new word that means ‘too long; didn’t read’) could be used to describe a reader’s  response to something that’s wordy.

A few of the new additions are descriptions of dog breeds, including:

• Chiweenie: a cross between a Chihuahua and a dachshund
• Schnoodle: a cross between a schnauzer and a poodle
• Yorkie-poo: a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle

A number of ‘wanderworts’ – words that have wandered from one language into another – also made the list.
These include:

• Harissa: spicy North African chili paste
• Kabocha: a type of Japanese pumpkin
• Kombucha: a fermented, bubbly tea drink

Many of the new entries are abbreviated versions of longer words that have been part of our vocabulary for a long time. This may be the inevitable outcome in a society that adapts to the communication shorthand demanded by text, photo, and social media apps. See if you can guess the longer version of these new words:

• Adorbs
• Avo
• Bougie
• Fave
• Guac
• Marg
• Ribbie
• Zuke

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