Thursday, June 12, 2014

Adorkable Gets Into the Dictionary (Internet: 1; English Teachers: 0)

We've done it again, Internet. We've kluged together some words to make something silly and somehow convinced the world that it's a thing. In this case, we have made "adorkable" an official word. And through crowd-sourcing, no doubt.

In the ultimate example of design by committee global collaboration, the Collins dictionary held an online vote to determine which new pop culture world should be added to the dictionary. Now, the competition wasn't exactly stiff (I mean, felfie, really? Or better yet, nomakeupselfie? #sigh) Anyway, the bloggers Internets voted and adorkable scooped up the win. This win seems to reaffirm the geek hold on pop culture these days; that, or hipsterism a la Zooey Deschanel. (You can probably guess which side I'm on :)

In case you're curious, here's the official definition of adorkable:
adorkable (əˈdɔːkəbəl) adj slang
socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way
ETYMOLOGY C21: blend of ADORABLE and DORK
Can you hear that? That's the sound of a million English teachers sobbing.

You see, all of this is probably terrifying them: not only do the have to contend with essays full of w00t, LOL, OMG and WTF, which have been accepted into the Oxford dictionary over the years, now they will have to experience more heavy sighs as they witness the use of the word adorkable as well.

While I use these terms liberally on the blog, I would hereby like to promise all of my English teachers throughout the years that I will never, ever use them in any formal document. (Ok, who am I kidding. I'll probably be trying to sneak it into something just to see if I can get away with it. ;)

I'm torn on these changes; language evolves but sometimes it seems to derode a little, no? How do you feel about these new words? Leave a comment or tweet me! (See what I did there?)

(Source: Geek.com)

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1 comment:

Lynn said...

Recently I've read a few novels about the death of words in our language, and there are such beautiful, completely unknown-to-me words out there that I feel sad about how our vocabulary is shrinking.

But then I go and pepper my writing with "totes" and "come with" and "actually" about sixty times per post, and then I sigh and think, this is the new way. Let's run with it :).