Should 'Tebowing,' 'Amazeballs' and 'Creeping' Be in the Dictionary?
The Collins Dictionary, Which Allows the Public to Suggest Words That Should Be Added, Thinks So
Enough of those stuffy, formal dictionaries … The Collins Dictionary, an online vocab collection, thinks the public should decide which words officially enter out lexicon, so the website is allowing users to submit words like "Tebowing," "ginormous" and "asparagi" (the plural for asparagus, of course) as potential new dictionary entries.
Users can go to CollingsDictionary.com to submit their own suggestions for words that should be added, and here's a sample of those that have already been submitted:
-- Sheeple -- "1. A group of people who follow a leader or implied leader while walking, oblivious to the direction/route they are taking, often resulting in group members being misled 2. When a 'herd' of people follow a leader (shepherd) blindly like sheep";
-- Iffybutty -- "Uncertain; dependent on given factors for an outcome";
-- Bromance -- "A close, best of friends, relationship between two men";
-- Slowvertaking -- "When the vehicle doing the overtaking is traveling at a speed only marginally faster than the vehicle being overtaken";
-- Wogging -- "Going for a run, but ending up walking parts (or most of it)";
-- Amazeballs -- "really really good! OMG (oh my god/goodness)";
-- Eddress -- an e-mail address;
-- Creeping -- "pursuing women in a night club" (yes, like the Jersey Shore dorks).
Funny stuff, though this is hardly a new concept. Remember comedian Rich Hall's Sniglets, "any word that doesn't appear in the dictionary, but should," from the 1980s?
A few of our favorite Sniglets:
-- Sark -- the marks left on your ankle after wearing socks all day;
-- Cinemuck -- the sticky substance on a movie theater floor;
-- Musquirt -- the yellow water that comes out of a refrigerated mustard bottle when you first squeeze it;
-- Hozone -- the mystery land where one of the socks from your laundry always seems to go.