Tuesday, February 23, 2016

You could look it up

Teacher, restaurant reviewer, food lover, chef, friend of mine, and all-around bon vivant Jennifer W. found this link.  She says she did not like her birthyear word, although she cleverly avoided mentioning what word it was (doing so would have given away her birth year, which was not all that long ago, from the looks of things.)

It's a link to an article on a British website that tells you what new word was coined during the year of your birth. And this is according to the OED - the Oxford English Dictionary - which is even more expert at using our native tongue than noted "winner" Charles Sheen.

My high school classmates and I were slapped and brought onto this earth while rocket engineers were starting to use "blast-off" to describe a spaceship taking off. Peggy's birth came in the same year that hepcats and jive talkers started using the term "Nowheresville" to describe no-fun towns such as Auburn, Alabama and Pixburg, PA.  My high school graduation year was 1969, when they started calling people such as Bobby Goldsboro a "megastar," and when Peggy wrapped up her studies a few years later, someone came up with calling the heavy business that people lay on you to make you feel bad enough to do things their way a "guilt trip." 

For whatever lucky reason, I know a lot of people born in 1981 ("chill pill") and 1989 ("crowd surfing"), and I would certainly need one of the former before attempting the latter.

And I have decided that my favorite new word on the whole list is 1909's "nutarian,"- a vegetarian whose diet is based on or confined to nut products. 

Any nutarians out there today?  Anyone born in 1909 out there today?  That would be "chucklesome" (1917).

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