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“Cunt” Is Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

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All The Crazy ’90s Slang Express Wants You To Know

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Mall retailer Express was really cutting edge in ’90s, so much so that it created a special “slang” guide for its employees, (presumably) so they could fluently converse with any and all manner of customer. But given that this manual was created in the late ’90s, during the era of “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and party rap, there are a lot of ridiculous entries in this list. 

Of course, a lot of these terms are still in use — and are actually in the dictionary. Still, it’s funny to see corporate culture try and adapt to the streets. Some definitions, after the jump! Keep reading »

Frisky Dictionary: Sexenschadenfreude

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Sometimes there are no words for the way you are feeling, and you just have to come up with one instead. Usually, the Germans are my go-to people for words to describe things you can’t really describe in English, because hello, they’ve got awesome terms like zeitgeist and gestalt and kindergarten (okay, maybe not that last one so much). So allow us to introduce you to a word I just made up: Sexenschadenfreude. It pertains to the particular kind of schadenfreude you feel when discovering that someone you don’t like is sleeping with someone who is kind of gross.

Origin: Sex + Schadenfreude, which is when you revel in the pain and suffering of others (oh, come on, sometimes it happens).

Example: “God, ever since Stacy and I got in that fight, I’ve been having a major bout of sexenschadenfreude over her and her crappy boyfriend Steve. I bet he has the tiniest penis ever.”

Have you ever felt Sexenschadenfreude?

16 Words And Phrases We Want To Retire In 2010

It’s the end of the year and we’re sweeping out our closet — and that includes annoying words and phrases that we’re just so over. After the jump, we give you the ten most headache-inducing words of 2010. Let’s not bring them into the new year, shall we? And tell us what words you never want to hear again in the comments! Keep reading »

Dictionaries Going The Way Of The Dinosaurs: Oxford Says No More Print Editions

Thanks in part to the ubiquitousness of computers, kids no longer know how to write in cursive — and soon they will also probably stop using actual books. The Oxford English Dictionary announced this week that it will no longer be publishing a print edition and will only be available online. Keep reading »

Jeggings Make Their Way Into the Dictionary, Really

As the hours of 2009 slip away, end-of-year lists are clogging up the internet, and everyone’s become nostalgic about the end of another decade. The year has seen some crazy trends, especially the obsession with leggings in all forms. Though we’ve poked fun at mashing two words together to create a new term for crazy clothes, it seems the good people at the Oxford English Dictionary aren’t joking around. Where once the term jeggings was a quick and easy slang term for skin tight jeans, it’s now totally official. With the new year, comes a new dictionary, and along with “Tweetup,” “unfriend,” and “zombie banking,” going forward, “jeggings” will be considered an official dictionary word. What out-there words will 2010 bring? [Guardian] Keep reading »

Are You A Procrasturbater?

In this week’s Savage Love column, a guy (for convenience, I’m assuming it was a dude, but it could have been a woman) wrote in saying he’d coined the clever term “procrasturbation” and wanted help getting it into dictionaries. Procrasturbation, he explained, means “to waste time by pleasuring yourself.” He said he wrote Merriam-Webster back in 2004 about having the word included in their dictionary, but was told:

“Your coinage is clever, but I’m afraid that cleverness is not the criterion on which a word is entered into our dictionaries … For ‘procrasturbate’ to be entered, it will need to appear in a number of well-read print sources for a good number of years. When we’ve collected enough citations for the word, we will enter it into our dictionary.”

I happen to like the word, so in an effort to help get it into Merriam-Webster, I’m printing it here. So, what have you, readers? Are you procrasturbators? Do you regularly “waste time by pleasuring yourself”? Keep reading »

Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Frenemy,’ ‘Locavore,’ And ‘Staycation’ To The Dictionary

The kind editors over at Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary have updated the tome, adding in about 100 new words. Some of the words that made the cut: frenemy, webisode, waterboarding, locavore, vlog, flash mob, shwarma, green-collar, staycation, and reggaeton. To get added to the dictionary, editors have to see evidence that lots of people are using the word. Given this list, I’m kinda surprised that vajayjay didn’t make the cut. Maybe next year? [AP] Keep reading »

Merriam-Webster Redefines Marriage

The dictionary has decided to be more inclusive than the US government. The definitive Merriam-Webster tome has redefined marriage as:

“(1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage [same-sex marriage].”

Now that’s a change we can believe in! So, Ellen and Portia, even through Prop 8 passed, your love still has its way with words! [365Gay]
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The Daily Squeeze: “Meh,” Sexual Harassment, And A Call Girl’s Apology

  • “Meh” will be added to the Collins English Dictionary in next year’s 30th anniversary edition. [AP]
  • Employees who experienced workplace sexual harassment were found to have lower levels of job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and job performance. [Medical News Today]
  • Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s call girl Ashley Alexandra Dupre apologized to his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, saying, “I’m sorry for your pain.” [Time]
  • Twilight fans will like “Twilight.” [TNR]
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