Joel Katz

Joel Katz

Joel Katz

(GERMANY OUT) Dog wearing Sun Glasses (Photo by Mayall/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Words are very popular. We use them every day. I’m using some right now.

As a matter of fact, it’s not untrue to claim that every second of every day somebody, somewhere is using words.

When we were little kids our parents would say, “use your words.” Your mom, your dad, your aunt, your uncle, and your other uncle would get excited about “baby’s first word” which is usually “mama,” “dada” or “ratatouille.” There are writers all over the world using words to write and speak about various topics, and some may write things like, “It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me,” “Who’s gonna do it, you? You, Lieutenant Weinberg?” or “Jon Hamm’s fiance doesn’t like green eggs.” When I was a kid I used to play a game to see how many words I could think of. One time I made it to 42! That was the best day of my life. Some words are serious like “death” and “taxes,” some words are funny like “crotch” and “poopyhead,” and some words are fun to say like “Francisco.”

Not only are we writing articles, stories, books, letters, songs, poems, plays, wills, lists, mission statements, and haikus in English, there are over 7000 other languages that people are using to write and say things.

As you know, everyone’s biggest fear is that someday we will run out of words. We will have used them all and then we wouldn’t be able to communicate. Imagine that, we exhaust our supply of words and are unable to speak. Have you ever heard someone say, “I have no words?” They’re liars!  Thankfully, Dictionary.com adds new words every year, and just increased the list by over 300.

For the full list go to Dictionary.com. Here are some of the new words that they deemed worthy of being called “words.”

 

  • Cakeism

    “The false belief that one can enjoy the benefits of two choices that are in fact mutually exclusive, or have it both ways.”

  • Nearlywed

    “A person who lives with another in a life partnership, sometimes engaged with no planned wedding date, sometimes with no intention of ever marrying.”

  • Petfluencer

    “A person who gains a large following on social media by posting entertaining images or videos of their cat, dog, or other pet.”

  • Rage Farming

    “The tactic of intentionally provoking political opponents, typically by posting inflammatory content on social media, in order to elicit angry responses and thus high engagement or widespread exposure for the original poster.”

  • Superdodger

    “Anyone who, for unverified reasons, remains uninfected or asymptomatic even after repeated exposure to a contagious virus.”

  • Trauma Dimping

    “Unsolicited, one-sided sharing of traumatic or intensely negative experiences or emotions in an inappropriate setting or with people who are unprepared for the interaction.”

  • Woke

    “Of or relating to a liberal progressive orthodoxy, especially promoting inclusive policies or ideologies that welcome or embrace ethnic, racial, or sexual minorities.”

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