Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's Official: 'Meh' is Now in the Dictionary

When I was growing up, I always hated those kids who, when you told them, "'ain't' isn't a word," would holler "is too! It's in the dictionary." They said it with that really snotty, gloating attitude, like their little dictionary victory somehow made them smarter than everyone else.

"'Ain't' isn't a word smart people say," I said to one kid. He threatened to beat me up, but I just said, "Meh."

At least I would have if I had known it was a word.


Because now, thanks to the Collins English Dictionary, "meh," which means indifference or lack of enthusiasm, is now In The Dictionary.

The addition was made as part of Collins' campaign to have readers submit words to the dictionary to be included in the 30th anniversary edition.

"This is a new interjection from the US that seems to have inveigled its way into common speech over here," Cormac McKeown, head of content at Collins Dictionaries, told Agence France-Presse.

The word was originally heard on an episode of The Simpsons. Other submissions included words like jargonaut (a lover of jargon) and frenemy (enemy disguised as a friend).

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3 comments:

  1. OK, then I submit the word "prewrife." It was the list of random characters I had to type as the word verification to enter this comment.

    And, since we're playing fast and loose, I get to define it: prewrife is the rough draft of the wedding vows written by the groom.

    Our language has been doomed since the original "buzzwords" began infiltrating business speech.

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  2. Wouldn't that be "prestrife?"

    Oh no! I didn't just say that out loud, did I?!

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  3. You "blogged" it out loud.

    I'm sure that's in the dictionary by now. Blog on with your bad self. Meh.

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