Multislacking? Guilty!

I love words.  The English language is fascinating in its annoying complexity and diversity.  In what other language could two opposite words, like ravel and unravel, mean the same thing?  So when I saw a TED talk about what makes a word “real”, I just had to watch.  I found some great new words to add to my vocabulary, like “multislacking” (one of my bad habits) and “adorkable” (what my better half, Cee, becomes when she starts talking about cameras.

The talk is about what makes words real and who decides what goes into our dictionaries.  You’ll find some fascinating and funny words along the way.  I hope you enjoy it.

(P.S. I still cannot accept that “drug” will ever be the past tense of the verb “drag” despite how many people use it incorrectly.  I do, however, feel that “google” is a fine verb to use.  It’s so much better to say that you googled something as opposed to looking it up on the internet.)

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

11 thoughts on “Multislacking? Guilty!

  1. I love this about language too, and that it’s always changing. On the verb to Google, not sure what your Spanish is like, but in Guatemala I learnt to say ‘Googlear’ which sounds just great as a Spanish-ised version of a global brand name! 🙂

  2. You are right about the verb “google.” But I don’t like it when a corporate brand name becomes a go-to noun or verb (like when all clear sticky tape is called Scotch Tape, or all nose blowing tissue is called Kleenex). But clearly these word appropriations happen because they are necessary. We needed a simple one-word verb to replace “look something up on the interwebs,” and since we didn’t have one, it became “google.” I do wish it hadn’t been a corporate brand name, though. The French are better than us at preserving the integrity of language, I think.

    • The French are better at preserving the integrity of their language, probably more so than any other people.

      The brand “Hoover” has become popular as “hoovering” in the UK, which is interesting since the Hoover Company is American and doesn’t enjoy the same name popularity on that side of the pond.

      “Eponym” is the term for giving someone’s name as an object. I know because I looked it up. 🙂 I figured someone had created a word for it.

  3. I will be back to watch the video – but I love your point about words – and it is fun to find new words – and I can picture Cee as adorable – ha! get it -? picture her….

    anyhow, one day we were talking and someone said they were just so bamboozled – and they said it naturally– in the flow of talk — and we all busted out laughing – it was just such a fun and unexpected word – and now has become a memory word of that time…
    great post –

    • Got it *groan*

      “Bamboozled” is a fun word. No one knows where it came from, but it dates back to the 18th century, according to the new Oxford American Dictionary that comes with my Mac Air. The Online Etymology Dictionary claims: “1703, originally a slang or cant word, perhaps Scottish from bombaze “perplex,” related to bombast, or French embabouiner “to make a fool (literally ‘baboon’) of.” Related: Bamboozled; bamboozling. As a noun from 1703.”

      When you watch the video, you’ll understand how and why words get added to the dictionary.

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