OK - so why didn't this make it to the blog back in July when I wrote it? Distraction? Idiocy? Who knows... But here it is now - for your reading pleasure....I even went back and found the relevant links so that it made sense...
Merriam-Webster just came out with its new word list...
Here it is:
8. gray literature
13. perfect storm
17. speed dating
If you go here, you can find definitions for all twenty "new" words.
I love - and I know you will too, Shannon and Kerri, that "smackdown" made the list. For those who have to refer to the link to get a definition - I'll use the word in a sentence (or sentences) - "Kerri laid the smackdown on diabetes during her recent rafting trip." and "Shannon lays the smackdown on grown men when she triathlons."
My other favorites this year: Bollywood, perfect storm, speed dating and sudoku.
I'm a sudoku maniac...
The word that was most jarring for me this year was IED - Improvised Explosive Device.
Oh, this list seems rather cheap though. Shall we try to use them all in a paragraph? Maybe not... But here's a couple of good opening sentences if we were to try:
I went to Bollywood last year, just after the perfect storm, where I met up with two ginormous speed dating freaks who were eating massive bowls of agnolotti. They weren't much fun, the two freaks, with their secretive ways, they went to the bathroom a lot too - like diabetics who liked to crunk. In the end, I decided that they must be secret agents with lots of gray literature about IEDs to discuss and I retired to my hotel to watch a telenovela and lay the smackdown on a five-star sudoku puzzle.