According to the Oxford English Dictionary, at least 500 of the words and expressions we commonly use today were actually invented by the late great William Shakespeare. “Fashionable,” “sanctimonious,” “laughing stock,” “eaten out of house and home,” “in a pickle,” “the naked truth,” “method in the madness”– they were all coined by the Bard.
Today, we don’t have a genius playwright to invent fun new words for us, so we have to do it ourselves. The results?
“Unfriend” is the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2009 Word of the Year. Check the entry:
unfriend – verb – To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.
As in, “I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.”
Other candidates for Oxford Word of the Year include “tramp stamp,” “sexting,” “funemployed” and “intexticated.” Yea, I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Friends, commenters– I think we could do a much better job updating the OED than these old British creeps. I’d like to suggest a few entries myself:
tenderoni – noun – Your significant other; your boo.
As in, I just got this new tatt for my tenderoni.
Palinize – verb – To publicly mock an especially uninformed conservative woman for her general incompetence.
As in, Carrie Prejean claims to have been Palinized by the media.
whoopsidaisies – exclamation – Oh no, a minor accident just occurred.
As in, “Whoopsidaisies! There go my trousers.”
asshat – noun – A person with very few redeemable qualities.
As in, I just wasted three hours of my life haggling with the asshat at the DMV.
poach – noun – Porch.
As in, “We sittin’ on da poach.’
Any other suggestions? Come on, guys, this is our chance to make history.