New Year and some new words from the OED

It’s a New Year and whilst we could bore you with the usual, looking back over 2018 and then say now it’s time to move forward and set goals and resolutions for the New Year, new beginnings blah… blah! We’ve had our fill of the New Year and new you messaging, if however the New Year is giving you a kick up the proverbial then the best of luck. We're however offering you something new for 2019, some brand spanking new words from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) - they snuck in a new release in December and as ever we’ve picked our favs from the latest instalment….

Debbie Downer: We’ve all bound to have come across at least one of these over the festive period. A Debbie Downer is someone that always sees the negative side of things and brings the whole group down. Now, this is someone that needs a resolution to look on the brighter side. 

Dwaal: A double letter always perks the interest. A Dwaal is Afrikaans that describes someone that's away with the fairies, in a dream like state and not really present. 

Face palm: We all know this emoji, the one with the persons hand on their face illustrating the feeling of disbelief or embarrassment. The word can be used to describe the movement and also the feeling it conveys. 

Hashtag: What you scream this is already a word and yes you’re right it is - we even wrote a blog on the hashtag (it’s been around for eons), but the hashtag has now officially been recognised as verb.  

Powfagged: An odd word, which is why it grabbed our attention. It describes feeling tired or shattered. We’ve had no luck finding the origins of this one - a bit of a mystery. 

Rigwelted: A word hailing from Yorkshire. It describes an animal that's stuck on its back and unable to move… a beetle springs to mind.  

Sarmie: A first we thought this was a typo - sarnie - slang for sandwich a British lunchtime classic. Sarmi is a sandwich, but a South African one. Many of the entries in the latest edition come from South Africa. Have a Sarmi in your lunch break tomorrow perhaps with some Boerewors.

Satchel-mouth: We’re the first to admit this is a tough one to work into everyday use. Originally it was an American term to describe a fish with a large mouth, but more recently used to describe a person with said features… in fact Louis Armstrong was nicknamed Satchel-mouth (abbreviated to Satchmo).  

There you have it, the best of the crop from the OED’s latest update of new words, check out the full list here. We hope you enjoy using these words in the knowledge that they're now accepted officially by the OED and if you’re not back to work until Monday (lucky you) perhaps a game of Scrabble or two! 

 

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