Monday, November 24, 2008

New Words for Collins English Dictionary

GLASGOW, Scotland - The Glasgow, Scotland, publishers of the Collins English Dictionary said "meh" will be added to the tome as an interjection and an adjective suggesting boredom. The publishers said a panel chose the word -- which the dictionary will define as an interjection suggesting indifference or boredom and as an adjective to describe something as mediocre or unimpressive -- from a list of hundreds submitted for the dictionary's 30th anniversary edition, which is slated for release next year, The Times of London reported Monday. "This is a new interjection from the United States that seems to have inveigled its way into common speech over here," said Cormac McKeown, head of content at Collins Dictionaries. "Internet and e-mail are playing a big part in formalizing the spellings of vocal interjections like these. Other examples would be hmm and heh, which are both now ubiquitous online and in e-mail. People are increasingly writing in a register somewhere in between spoken and written English," McKeown said to The Times.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. I don't use 'meh' much ... maybe I'll start, now that it's an official word :)


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