In a move that seems like it’s probably about four years too late, the good people at Oxford have added “Yolo” as one of 1,200 new words to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016.
Yep, yolo is now an official word in the English language — meaning the red squiggly line currently beneath it can go fuck itself.
From The Houston Chronicle:
According to its website, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) approved a new slate of words including terms connected to Roald Dahl and his writing (September marks his birth month). “Dahlesque,” “splendiferous” and “human bean” were added to the lexicon.
“Biatch,” “yogalates,” “‘Merica,” “Oompa Loompa,” “scrumdiddlyumptious” and “Yoda” were also a few of the terms added to the OED.
How the hell was Yoda not already in there? And why did it take 50 years for Oompa Loompa to become relevant enough to earn a spot? This whole practice of adding new words in the dictionary because they are (or in this case, were) popular memes is a bit questionable, if you ask me.
Seems to me like the Oxford English Dictionary is getting a little desperate for media attention and has become a willing participant in the clickbait world to add in dumb words for exposure. At least this will lead to an increase in dictionary sales.
Thing is, yolo hasn’t been a thing in a very long while. Nobody YOLOs anymore, man. I think the dictionary media is burying the lede here. The real story is the addition of ‘Merica — a stupid southern word that means nothing but fills my heart with pride and joy every time I hear it.
You know who is probably pissed about this whole thing? All of the founders of the Oxford English dictionary that dedicated their lives to the preservation of the English language. They didn’t submit to the memes and fads of yesteryear — knowing that language, above all else, would transcend the passing centuries.
When your great grandchild opens his VR dictionary during Space Class (an elementary school class in the future where you just, I don’t know, go to space), his TeacherBot will have to explain to him what “yolo” is and why “Drake” was such an important figure in our culture.
And there is nothing we can do about it..
[via Houston Chronicle]
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