Old versus new - it’s a war of the words!
Taking a look through a list of New Words Merriam-Webster Is Adding to the Dictionary in 2018, I was struck by how many are tech-related.
‘Bingeable’, ‘predictive’, ‘airplane mode’, ‘fintech’ and even ‘Instagram’ as a verb.
As I have said in previous Wordsmith’s World blogs, I am always willing to welcome new words. Part of the evolution of language is that is does just that — grows, changes, evolves.
However, as I got further down the list I reached a new word that I fear even language lovers with a laissez-faire attitude may draw the line at.
ADORBS (ADJ.) "Extremely charming or appealing: adorable."
No. Just no.
This abomination — sorry, abbreviation — is neither charming or appealing to me and got this inky-fingered scribe doing a spot of time travel in a bid to find older, BETTER, words. (Starting with ‘time travel’ itself which is a century old).
Further back into the 17th century we find ‘grumbletonians’ (people unhappy with their government — some things never change/age) while ‘grufeling’ means to lie wrapped up in a comfortable manner and being an old Scottish term probably pre-dates ‘hygge’.
But let’s head even further back to Latin phrases like ‘carpe noctem’ which literally means ‘seize the night’ and may well be this night owl’s new catchphrase.
I also like ‘felix culpa’, the term for what we today call happy accidents, a mistake which ends up having beneficial consequences.
And I shall be remembering ‘Hannibal ad portas’ — Hannibal is at the gates — (and perhaps replying with it to anyone using ‘adorbs’ in my presence) because ‘The threat of an attack from Hannibal soon made him something of a bogeyman, and as a result Roman parents would often tell their unruly children that ...in order to scare them into behaving properly’.
Anyway, enough of the old, older and olde words. I’ll head back to the present to sign off now — or ‘force quit’ … after all, I don’t want this blog to be ‘TL;DR’!