This blog took a while to write (and my apologies for being late with it!). Part of the problem was my topic. The Collins Dictionary announced their ‘Word of the Year’ yesterday, which seemed to me to be a good conversation starter. It was, unfortunately, also a cue for me to spend an inordinate amount of time doing some internet research. Words of the Day, Words of the Year. Popular words, and words which have fallen into obscurity. Words which aren’t strictly speaking words 🙂 …
Because the Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year for 2015, was an emoji – the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji. I remember a bit of discussion about it at the time, but I’m not sure that anyone can deny that emojis are now an established part of the way that we express ourselves.
This year, the Collins Dictionary Word of the Year isn’t strictly a word either – it’s two. ‘Fake News’. Amongst the runners-up my favourites were ‘cuffing season’ – which is apparently the ‘period of autumn and winter when single people are considered likely to seek settled relationships, rather than engage in casual affairs’. As a romance writer I feel I need to work that into a book somewhere. And ‘unicorn’. I’m not entirely sure why that’s a candidate, but who doesn’t like unicorns?
I couldn’t find a Word of the Year from Webster’s Dictionary, but it I learned a bit from their Words of the Day – I’ll be sure to use ‘lagniappe’ (a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase), at the first available opportunity. And from the Macquarie Dictionary’s list of words which have been suggested for inclusion, comes the word ‘hepeated’, which is when an idea is ignored when suggested by a woman, but loved when suggested by a man.
And who could resist ‘Snollygoster’? I don’t even need to know what that means to love it!
Everyone has their own favourite words. At the moment I have a cold, so ‘honey’ and ‘lemon’ are pretty high on my list. I have a love/hate relationship with ‘manoeuvre’, which I have spelled out on my fridge door, because however many times I type it, I never spell it right the first time 🙂 I think ‘rose’ is a lovely word. And, for some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on, I like the word ‘impetuous’. What are your favourites?