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July 10, 2007

Polluting the English Language

Filed under: Idiocy — Psycheout @ 8:19 pm

The destruction of the English language continues unabated. I cry for my nation.

Copy chiefs everywhere rejoice! The wordinistas at Merriam-Webster have finally added some much-deserved wordage to their fantabulous dictionary. Some of the highlights include “ginormous,” “sudoku,” “DVR,” “crunk,” and “smackdowns.”

Word.

I think I’m going to be ill. Merriam-Webster should put the smack down or they’re going to get crunked. What in the world is crunk? Sudoku? That last one sounds like Japanese.

Be still, my stomach. Let’s continue:

MW prez John Morse and his company’s ginormous geniuses are already anticipating a semantic smackdown. That’s your cue, Johnny:

“There will be linguistic conservatives who will turn their nose up at a word like `ginormous.’ … But it’s become a part of our language. It’s used by professional writers in mainstream publications. It clearly has staying power.”

Please make it stop. I just lost my lunch. How does Merriam-Webster get away with adding garbage words and slang into the official English dictionary? I’ll keep my old dictionary before I buy the latest ‘rad’ edition with these junk words. LOL. UR sux0rz, d00ds.

In high school, I remember there being an English dictionary and a dictionary of slang. I used to think of the latter as rather amusing but not overly compelling. Now that the two have merged my bemusement has ceased.

Keep an old dictionary on hand and pass it down as an heirloom. These new words are doubleplus ungood. Not another dollar for these pathetic clowns. Never again.  ad infinitum.

— Psycheout

21 Comments »

  1. Sissy Puss,

    I was wondering. Since its mostly black and poor people that make up all these new words (dat, dis, phat – and all those dumb names) and, since its also mostly the same stupid people that wind up drunk and pregnant,

    shouldn’t we be encouraging them to have abortions so that we don’t introduce even more wacked out and offdahook words into English?

    I mean if we would also sterilize these whores when we abort their bastard chillen then we could hope to preserve our language into the future.

    What do you think?

    Comment by Happy Clam — July 10, 2007 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  2. Happy Clam…I’m not even going to start with your blind stereotypical ignorance this minute…we’ll start with something else.

    Sudoku my friend is a logic puzzle. If you would like to see one so that you can see your new “enemy” go to websudoku.com
    Okiedah? (that’s my own word, by the way.) Do you not accept “DVR?” What about VHS? Or DVD? What’s wrong with that?

    And if you’d like another presently added word….”pluto” It’s a verb meaning to demote. (Like they just did to Pluto–the planet–by changing it from a noraml planet to a dwarf planet.)

    Comment by La Mona — July 10, 2007 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  3. A language is a “living, growing” thing, if you will. Without new words to help describe new inventions – just to state an obvious expample of the need for new words – how would we know what the heck to call things.

    A little “exercise in imagination” for you:

    Lets say that you had a time machine. You get in and transport yourself back (somewhere in the U.S.) 150 years. You walk up to the first person that you meet & say “Can you please take me to the airport?” I’m guessing that you are going to be asked what the heck an airport is.

    Now get back in your time machine and set the dial (or whatever you do) to take you back a further 650 years to Merry old England – where they speak “English” – and ask the same question of the first person that you meet. Guess what; THEY WONT UNDERSTAND A SINGLE WORD THAT YOU JUST SAID!Thats because “English” from back then was mostly an early version of what we today call German with alot of the predicessor of modern-day French (from the Norman Conquest of England in 1066) thrown in.

    As for “slang” terms, they (the newest additions to MW) may be popular right now, but not all – or even most – of them will stand the “test of time” – so I would get too worried about them just yet.

    Comment by indyandy — July 10, 2007 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

  4. Exactly right indyandy.

    See: Etymology

    And Psycheout, relax.

    Comment by ChenZhen — July 10, 2007 @ 11:46 pm | Reply

  5. Merriam-Webster is hardly in charge of “the official English dictionary,” since there’s no such thing. The English language is in control of itself and its speakers, not some august body of pointy-heads deigning to admit words into an official lexicon.

    Comment by Grant Barrett — July 11, 2007 @ 4:40 am | Reply

  6. Some would argue that turning “going to” into “gonna” and “colour” into “color” already pollutes the English language.

    Comment by Skeptic — July 11, 2007 @ 5:34 am | Reply

  7. Language should strive to be a living thing (metaphorically speaking). New words and definitions to describe new ideas, “nice” once meant silly, lazy, lecherous, and strange back in the 1300s. There was never a golden age of the English language. Words also a die much deserved deaths.
    The speech that started this thread is deceitful (fallaciloquence n 1656 -1761) the real anger is not with changes to the language but to what that signifies to the individual.

    Comment by sinequanon — July 11, 2007 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  8. I wonder if the latest version of the M-W dictionary has moonbat, terrorsimp, lieberal, defeatocrat, dumbocrat, cobag, islamofascist and LLL among other important words.

    After all, the language is living and growing and we need more words to insult liberals with.

    Comment by Psycheout — July 11, 2007 @ 9:34 am | Reply

  9. One might even think that ‘wordinista’ might be added. Whoa – English is so polliuted …

    Comment by interpreted — July 11, 2007 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  10. I practically live for Sudoku (seriously, I’m hooked; I do 2-3 per day), verandas, teriyaki, lasagna, pizza…

    English food sucks. “Would you like that deep-fried, or boiled?”

    Comment by MikeM — July 11, 2007 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  11. Psyceout, you just proved the point I was going to make. You have no right complaining about neologisms when you make like ten a day.

    Comment by Salmo — July 11, 2007 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  12. When you learn to spell my name, Salmo, I might actually respond to you. And I’ve told you a thousand times not to exaggerate, but there you go again. “ten a day?” You’re completely hopeless.

    Comment by Psycheout — July 11, 2007 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  13. Hyperbolic exaggeration aside, are you really so sensitive that you’ll refuse to answer because of a typo? Fine. Well, Psycheout, why do you think you can complain about neologisms when you yourself are so fond of creating them?

    Comment by Salmo — July 11, 2007 @ 11:06 am | Reply

  14. “Sudoku? That last one sounds like Japanese.”

    A very popular sort of number riddles. Originating from Japan, they´re now quite popular on the whole world.

    “Please make it stop. I just lost my lunch. How does Merriam-Webster get away with adding garbage words and slang into the official English dictionary? I’ll keep my old dictionary before I buy the latest ‘rad’ edition with these junk words. LOL. UR sux0rz, d00ds.”

    Languages are evolving…
    PS: If you really need to use leet-speech, do it right!

    “Keep an old dictionary on hand and pass it down as an heirloom. These new words are doubleplus ungood. Not another dollar for these pathetic clowns. Never again. ad infinitum.”

    Fun how you use newspeek to combat something you see as being the same….

    “I wonder if the latest version of the M-W dictionary has moonbat, terrorsimp, lieberal, defeatocrat, dumbocrat, cobag, islamofascist and LLL among other important words.
    After all, the language is living and growing and we need more words to insult liberals with.”

    As long as it also contains wreck-publican, republi-area, wannabee-nazi and such other nice things to name reublicans with, I´m perfectly able to live with that.

    “ten a day?” You’re completely hopeless.”

    Yeah, it´s more like he´s using a hundred per day…

    [Ed Note: This is a family website, not Germany. Please do not use foul words.]

    Comment by PG — July 11, 2007 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  15. Wow, doubleplusungood? How ironic. Have you even read 1984?

    And sudoku is an incredibly popular number game, for the information of those who desire to know.

    Comment by Linus — July 11, 2007 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  16. Sudoku is excellent. Evidently, number and word puzzles can help prevent age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s. Either way, I loves me some Sudoku (even if I still can’t get past “moderate” difficulty.)

    Comment by Lyssie — July 11, 2007 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

  17. What about eliminating these words at the source?

    Comment by Happy Clam — July 11, 2007 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  18. I can NOT do Sudoku. Word games I’m great at, and I can power through a crossword, but number games are just horrible to me.

    Comment by Salmo — July 11, 2007 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  19. Sudoku is awesome, and I love word puzzles too. Salmo, do you like matrix logic puzzles? You get like four or five statements and from them must figure out which of five people did what at some time color, or some sort like that. They’re my favorite. Though a good jig-saw puzzle is great too. And puzzles are good for concentration and other whatnots. No matter what kind you do.😀

    Comment by La Mona — July 11, 2007 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

  20. I’m great at matrix puzzles, provided I can make a little chart. Oh, and Psycheout? Islamofascism is in the dictionary.

    Comment by Salmo — July 12, 2007 @ 10:17 am | Reply

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