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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