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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 8:39 pm

A couple of thoughts on lexicography (no pun intended)

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 8:39 pm
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Thought the first: I guess I’m channeling either Steven Wright or George Carlin here, but what with “bailout” being designated Merriam-Webster’s 2008 Word of the Year and all, why do they call it a bailout when you’re bailing money in?

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Thought the second: Although I detest the verbification of nouns — why in pluperfect hell are we treating “interface” as a verb when “meet,” “talk,” “speak” and any number of other real verbs work just fine? — I’m actually kind of loving me some nounification of adjectives.

The source of this metamorphosis is the Internet, and the mechanism, created by the scriptkiddies, is to take an adjective, capitalize it, and precede it with “Teh,” misspelling intentional, to create usages such as “California approved Proposition 8 because people were afraid of Teh Gay,” or “Angelina Jolie is Teh Hott” (“hott” being another intentionally misspelled word popular with the scriptkiddies).

Because this trend is a formulation rather than a word per se, I don’t see Merriam-Webster acknowledging it anytime soon. But if they did, that would be Teh Kewl.


  1. They may be bailing the money IN to the recipients, but they’re sure as hell bailing it OUT from somewhere too: our pockets.

    Comment by Blair — Thursday, November 27, 2008 2:53 am @ 2:53 am

  2. And more by the day. Geez louise.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, November 27, 2008 6:53 pm @ 6:53 pm

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