For whatever reason, and maybe I just haven’t been listening, but the terms “vetted”, “surrogate” and “pivot” have dominated the vernacular of the news media during this political season. Before this, I really hadn’t heard these words used much if at all. Maybe it is just me and my six year old vocabulary but we have been bombard by stories and people being “vetted”, statements from “surrogates” and candidates “pivoting”. Maybe the “pivot” is a new dance, and I don’t dance.
Hearing these “new” words, or maybe a better way to describe them would be “old words new context”, got me thinking are there other new words out there that I am missing? Lo and behold, through the power of Google (another relatively new word) I find the Oxford English Dictionary new word list for September 2016. Sadly, I haven’t been able to master the fifty or so words I already know how am I going to incorporate scrimption into a conversation, or focality or squee as in “I squeed like a 14-year-old girl when I saw him”. Yea, I think me and squee will being keeping our distance from each other. So more new words I got to deal with, wonderful. Like I thought I was chill, groovy, cool, the boss, the bomb, bad, now, I realize I am once again just bad, no really, just plain bad, you know the real bad, the not good bad, yea that bad.