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#1 Chocolate Addict

Posted 15 October 2019 - 05:10 PM

I would like to know exactly who decides these 'words'.

New words include whatevs and sumfin. What?? Am I an old dinosaur? I have no issue with whatevs but sumfin? how about sumfink, anyfink etc? :p


#2 seayork2002

Posted 15 October 2019 - 05:32 PM

Not sure, although I agree with you I go by whatever Susie Dent says

#3 lazycritter

Posted 15 October 2019 - 05:55 PM

Yeah,  no.

#4 Chocolate Addict

Posted 15 October 2019 - 05:58 PM

View Postseayork2002, on 15 October 2019 - 05:32 PM, said:

Not sure, although I agree with you I go by whatever Susie Dent says
Oh I love Susie, I wonder what her opinion is. :)

#5 BadCat

Posted 15 October 2019 - 06:06 PM

I used to get a bit thing about this stuff but now I don't care.  I like words.  I like to play with them.

Currently my kid is trying to make lizord as popular as pupper and doggo have become.  Why?  Because it's funny.  

Vive la weirdness baby.

#6 kimasa

Posted 15 October 2019 - 06:46 PM

Slightly related, but I borrowed a book today from work called "Because Internet" about how the internet has sped up the evolution of language and I'm so excited to read it. I love this kind of stuff.

#7 two_ones

Posted 16 October 2019 - 04:34 PM

View Postkimasa, on 15 October 2019 - 06:46 PM, said:

Slightly related, but I borrowed a book today from work called "Because Internet" about how the internet has sped up the evolution of language and I'm so excited to read it. I love this kind of stuff.

I want to read this too!

I think i recall reading about the role of lexicographers, about how they don't judge what words are legitimate words as such, rather they are simply documenting the meaning of things people say often enough to justify their addition to the dictionary.

#8 Fourteenyears

Posted 16 October 2019 - 06:25 PM

It’s all useful for scrabble.

I’d be interested in a list of words dropped from the dictionary too.

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