'F-bomb' And 'Sexting', Among Other Stupid Words, Headed To The Merriam-Webster Dictionary
via USA Today:
F-bomb. Man cave. Sexting. Bucket list.
These are just some of the words that will be given official definitions in the 2012 edition of Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
Surprisingly, F-bomb has a longer history than I assumed. According to the AP:
Kory Stamper, an associate editor for Merriam-Webster, said she and her fellow word spies at the Massachusetts company traced it back to 1988, in a Newsday story that had the now-dead Mets catcher Gary Carter talking about how he had given them up, along with other profanities.
But the word didn't really take off until the late '90s, after Bobby Knight went heavy on the F-bombs during a locker room tirade.
"We saw another huge spike after Dick Cheney dropped an F-bomb in the Senate in 2004," and again in 2010 when Vice President Joe Biden did the same thing in the same place, Stamper said.
I get that English is an expanding and evolving language, and we need to keep on top of that kind of thing, but I am really, really upset that man cave is being included. It's a stupid term that doesn't deserve any kind of acknowledgement, whatsoever. But I kind of gave up after LOL was included in the dictionary.
What do you think, folks? Are these words worthy of definitions?
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