Energizing Words

News flash on the literary landscape the Oxford  English Dictionary unveiled 1200 new words in its latest edition, giving the English language a shot of adrenalin. Here are a sampling for all devoted wordsmiths to ponder and perhaps even weave into their work:*

Clicktivism: The practice of signaling support for a political or social cause by means of the Internet, through social  media, online petitions, etc., rather than more substantive involvement.

YOLO: “You only live once” used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future (often as a rationale for  impulsive or reckless behaviour)

Fremium: A business model, especially on the Internet, whereby basic services are  provided free of charge while more advanced features must be paid for.

Non-apology: A statement that takes the form of an apology but does not acknowledge responsibility or express regret for what  has caused offense or upset; an insincere or unconvincing apology.

Yoda: A person who embodies the characteristics of Yoda, especially in being wise ; an elder, sage or guru.

The new edition also paid homage to the beloved children’s writer Roald Dahl, who was born 100 years ago this September, by adding a number of words he invented: frightsome, scrummy, splendiferous, and splendiferousness. The word dahlesque was also added, which means ” Resembling or characteristic of the works of Roald Dahl.”

Wow, having your name turned into a word — literary lightning! Write on.

* Definitions according to the Oxford English Dictionary


About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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