Tuesday, June 16, 2009

words of a generation

dear oxford,

i hear you have updated your english dictionary and have added some new words that reflect our ever changing society and culture. which is awesome because i don't think our generation is adequately represented. plus, i think it's time for a change, i mean, who really uses words like thither or mischance?

here are some of your splendid new additions:

MUGGLE : n. In the fiction of J.K. Rowling: a person who possesses no magical powers. Hence in allusive and extended uses: a person who lacks a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some way.

yes! now grandchildren everywhere will see this and know that their grandparents were huge potter dorks!

BLAMESTORMING:n. A method of collectively finding one to blame for a mistake no one is willing to confess to. Often occurs in the form of a meeting of colleagues at work, gathered to decide who is to blame for a screw up.

see? it's a combination of "blaming" and "brainstorming" isn't that sweet? now all will know we were a generation that never took responsibility for our own mistakes, but we did come up with a cute phrase to blame others.

GRRRL:n. A young woman regarded as independent and strong or aggressive, especially in her attitude to men or in her sexuality.

there is nothing that says "i'm a strong, independent and intelligent young woman" than spelling your mantra completely ridiculous and looking like an idiot. congrats! this must be a big win for young woman everywhere.

PREBUTTAL:n. A rebuttal for an accusation before it is made.

this term was so created by politicians, as to say "yes, i know i am full of shiz, but hope this somehow can preemptively stop anybody from pointing it out." good to know they are busy deflecting blame and coining new terms.

on second thought, maybe we should skip the whole reflecting our ever changing society and culture. and now that i think about it, thither and mischance are really great words.....

off to prebuttal with a muggle grrrl while blamestorming,


B said...

I like how muggle has been turned into a real insult because let's face it, before that if someone ever called me a muggle (because of my lack of magical skills) I couldn't even come up with a prebuttle because it is totally true. I can admit I can't cast a spell for the life of my kids.

Blamestroming though, now THAT is a word I could probably come to love and appreciate. Grrrl, it just makes me want to scream, "get over it."

And now that I have said nothing of use or importance, or even thinkworthy, I shall retreat and hide my head beneath my covers and continue to not sleep.

Thanks for the great read in the middle of the night.

Alicia said...

That's hilarious! I'm gonna go call someone a muggle now!

Mighty M said...

Nice sentence!!!

Anonymous said...

I love that I know what a Muggle is. I'll try and throw one of these words into conversation today. However, I won't be saying Grrrl anytime soon.

The Blonde Duck said...

That is hilarious! You forgot Ginourmous!

Awesome Sara said...

nice vocab lesson there! thanks for wishing my kitty the feel betters!!

Kristin said...

Does it mean that I'm old if I've only heard of one of those?

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