I recently read an article in the New York Times listing new words that got their attention in 2007. I feel clueless – I have not heard of most of these. Here are my favorites:
* Pap (photo taken by paparazzi). Sorry, makes me think of Pap smear.
* Vegansexual (person who eats no meats, uses no animal-derived products and does not have sex with a non-vegan). This has gone a bit too far…
* Mom job (a mommy makeover)
* Navy shower (short shower which requires you to turn off the water). I remember my granny talking about something similar called a “PTA”. You figure it out.
* Forever stamps (stamps you purchase that will cover the price of a first-class letter, regardless of postage increases). The problem is that not all postal workers understand what these are when asked…
I love new words. I have heard of all that Abby mentioned except the Navy Shower. My grandmother used to call that taking a “whore’s bath.”
In the same NYT article, I particularly liked:
*Bacn (email alerts, newsletters, etc.) You’re trapped because you have chosen to receive them. Forget Spam.
*Crowdsource (a different version of outsourcing. Gathering a group of people to work on a single problem.)
*Global weirding (Severe or unusual environmental activity, often attributed to global warming.)
*Multi-dad (Said of a woman who has children by more than one man.)
Some words stick with me because they’re fun to use. Sometimes I make up my own words and expressions but they’ve never made it to the New York Times.