In defence of the word “selfie”

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So here’s a blog from my good friend Glen McKay, in which he responds to my earlier post on bringing back old words.

http://qatarskeptic.blogspot.com/2015/01/in-defense-of-word-selfie.html

Far from being full of flapdoodle, Glen’s a smart guy… and he puts forward an interesting and solid case for why some words fall out of use.

Put simply, easier and more generation-appropriate words come into usage and replace old ones.  His example was the word penultimate – which two of his former flatmates didn’t know – and which has been replaced by the basic second-to-last.

Glen also defends the word selfie which I have no problem with.  That one definitely IS here to stay!

I guess I’m just an old romantic when it comes to words, Glen. To me, a quick obambulate around the market on a Sunday afternoon sounds positively ambrosial 🙂

In defence of the word “selfie”

Bringing back old words

web-word-warriors-superstock-gettySo here’s a wonderful article I read recently in The Independent newspaper in the UK. Well, I think it’s wonderful.

Wayne State University in Michigan is bucking the trend of bringing new words into the lexicon, and instead encourages people to bring back old words which have fallen out of use.

So no more selfie and totes amazeballs (oh good lord, don’t even start me on that one… my AJE newsroom rant on it is legendary for those who witnessed it).

Instead we could have caterwaul (a shrill howling or wailing noise) or perhaps opsimath (a person who begins to study late in life).

Read the full article here

Bringing back old words