Some New Words for Your Vocabulary

       It seems that, at least here in America, we are constantly reinventing the language.  In fact, Rosetta Stone, which sells many different language courses, offers both a UK English course and a US English course; perhaps one reason for that is our persistent need to add words to the language.  I recently read a list of 50 new words for 2010 (in other words, they’ve been added to most English dictionaries).  The meaning of some them are obvious, such as automagically, catastrophize, hater, and microblog.  But many of the meanings are more elusive; here are some of them: 

  • bargainous (adj.)
  • buzzkill (n.)
  • cheeseball (adj.)
  • flash mob (n.)
  • homeshoring (n.)
  • locavore (n.)
  • matchy-matchy (adj.)
  • meme (n.)
  • paywall (n.)
  • pimp (v.)
  • sheeple (n.)
  • truthiness (n.)

       I was able to successfully guess a few of them; now it’s your turn.  How many do you know?  Stay tuned; I’ll post the “accepted definitions” in a few days…

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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