Words are fascinating, aren’t they? Where do they come from? How do they become an official part of language? And how in the world—or rather when—did the word awesome become awesomesauce anyway? (Yes, in case you’re wondering, awesomesauce is indeed an official English word—it was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2015!)
Languages always evolve, and words that sound like nonsense now might just become official in a few years. So listen closely to your kids when they say things like, “That’s my fav stuffy!” or “I’m so hangry right now!” because words like fav and hangry have already become official words in the English language.
This week, Xyza’s dinner table conversation for your family is all about fun new words that were recently added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Start your dinner table conversation with, “Let’s have my fav dishes for dinner tonight: zoodles and guac, okay?” Potential eye rolls or giggles aside, you might just be surprised where this question takes you.
Dinner Table Conversation: Have You Heard The Latest Word On Words?
Here’s a dinner table convo to try out with your kids:
It’s that time of year again! No, we’re not talking about the start of a brand new school year (we talked about that already!) or about the return of the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, but about the introduction of brand new words in the Merriam-Webster dictionary!
Wait, wait! Before you roll your eyes, hear us out, because we think some of the words are awesomesauce—and yes, that’s a real word that was added to the Oxford dictionary in 2015! Last year, words such as binge-watch, face-palm and humblebrag were added to the dictionary. What are some of this year’s newest additions? Drum roll, please…
Fav: It’s short for favorite, as in you’re our fav Xyza reader!
Adorbs: Yep, you guessed it … it’s slang for adorable.
Guac: That’s short for guacamole. Yum!
Zoodles: This is a combined word: zucchini and noodles!
Hangry: That’s when you get angry because you’re super hungry. Let’s see … how can we use this in a sentence? I missed breakfast and lunch, so leave me alone because I am hangry!
Ask your kids, “What are some words that you’d like to see in the dictionary next year?”