Hello and hi. Words, words and more words. You will find plenty of words in the dictionary. And if you are anything like me (and I hope you are) you consider yourself to be a wordsmith. No? Don’t worry, we still cool. So check it, the Oxford English Dictionary and the Cambridge Dictionary have recently added some words. *Claps mightily and grins like a fool*
Silly words are now part of our everyday lexicon. For example, most of us are familiar with Little Richard’s “a wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom” and while we have no idea of its exact meaning, we do know it comes from his song “Tutti Fruiti.” -and while the title and accompanying lyrics are pretty nonsenical-it does it makes us smile, tap our feet and feel like everything is ok. And that, my friends, is a good way to feel. Especially if you have Donald Trump running for President…oh and Hillary ain’t that great either. Yes, I said it.
Anyway, here is a list of some newly added words to the Cambridge and Oxford Dictionaries and their meanings/origins. You are welcome, mate. Ok, let’s do this.
Definition: A variant of alteration of another lexical item; for shizzle (often in form fo’shizzle and variants):=for sure.
It just means ‘Yes.’ We have rapper, Snoop Dogg, to thank for that lovely world. Also you can say it like this: ‘for shizzle, my nizzle’…this simply means: ‘for sure, my friend’ or just ‘yes’….just say ‘yes’ instead, as shizzle is ridic….which means ‘ridiculous.’
Definition: a sexually provocative dance/dance move involving thrusting movements of the bottom and hips while in a low, squatting stance.
I think you get the picture. As for me, that definition-and it is a REAL definition taken from the Oxford dictionary-just makes me think of someone in labour-especially when I see the word ‘squat.’ What can I say about twerking? Erm…if you have seen any videos from Miley Cyrus or Nicki Minaj…well then, you are familiar with twerking. Yikes. I do not suggest you twerk at your upcoming Christmas party. Please don’t. Really, just don’t do it.
Oh and if my parents are reading this blog, sorry about these images. Yikes.
- MIC DROP
Definition: An act of intentionally dropping a microphone after you have given a speech or performance, as a way of making an impressive ending.
When a comedian or rapper has finished what s/he has to say-and wants the conversation to end (because they have ‘won)-that is when a contemptuous drop of the microphone is effective. So effective that it is now being used as a humorous rhetorical tool by everyone from the President of the United States to Alex Turner at the 2014 Brit Awards to Prince Harry.
Definition: excitedly or uninhibted, often in a sexual manner; to get jiggy: to engage in sexual activity.
This popular word is most notably heard in Will Smith’s ‘Getting Jiggy wit It.’ However, there is a reference in the 1916 novel-Miss Theodosia’s Heartstrings by Annie Hamilton Donnell in which she is referring to uptempo folk music as “jiggy tunes.” Further, in bluegrass and country music in America, fiddlers give the name ‘jiggy bow’ to a short bow, fit for speedy sawing across the strings. So yeah, there’s that. Remember people: knowledge is power.
- DISS (or DIS)
Definition: Failure to show respect; abuse, disparagement; an expression of scorn of contempt, an insult.
‘Diss’ is essentially a slang term which came from hip hop’s early years. In brief, it means: disrespect. For example, if someone calls you ‘fat’ you might say, ‘erm…did you just diss me?’ then you should give them the stinky fish eye and walk away with your head head high. You do not have time for mean people. For real. Besides, everyone loves a bit of junk in the trunk. Yes, yes they do.
Definition: Esp. of a woman, often with reference to the buttocks: sexually attractive, sexy, shapely.
This is another word which came from hip hop slang and came from the hit song ‘Bootylicious’ by Destiny’s Child. And yes, that is Beyonce in the middle, from a clip from the ‘Bootylicious’ video.
So, that’s it. Those are the newly added words to both the Cambridge AND Oxford dictionaries. Maybe you were already familiar with them-maybe not. But they are indeed quite silly but fun, nonetheless. I dare you to use ALL of these words…today. Ready, set…GO!