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New Words to Add in a Dictionary

We shouldn’t be explaining and describing complicated feeling and activities when a single world defines the entire meaning.

Reine Azzi shared an article on Bored Panda.

Some of these words are over-complicated but I’ll be using the ‘chairdrobe’ for sure!

When languages evolve, it’s important that scholars and dictionaries keep up.
Bored Panda

The internet has spawned a new crop of words for stuff, and while you may not like all of them, some of them are really clever combos that seem like they might actually be useful!

Many of these words come from urbandictionary.com, which is basically a dictionary of modern slang.

Their site is probably the most complete dictionary of modern slang, but it’s also full chock-full of nonsense.

Most of these words are portmanteaus, which are what you get when you mash both the sounds and meanings of two words together to get a new one.

Did you know, for example, that the word ‘smog’ is a portmanteau (smoke and fog)?

‘Brunch’ (breakfast and lunch) is another one that is becoming more and more popular, although it’s been around for a while.

And if you’re eating your brunch with a spork, then that’s a portmanteau double-whammy.

Can you think of any fun new words that real modern dictionaries should adopt? If so, add them to this list!

#1 Masturdating (n) going alone to a movie or a restaurant

#2 Askhole  Asking obnoxious questions

#3 Bedgasm  Euphoric experience when climbing in bed after a long day

#4 Chairdrobe or floordrobe: Piling up clothes on a chair

#5 Textpectation an anticvipation feeling when waiting for response to a texting

#6 Destinesia  Forgeting why you intended to go where you arrived

#7 Nonversation  a smart ass word for small talk

#8 Cellfish  On purpose talking on the cellphone to annoy people

#9 Errorist   A frequent error maker

#10 Carcolepsy  Falling asleep as the car gets moving (must exist a medical term for that ailment.)

#11 Hiberdating  Ignoring close friends as we find a girlfriend

#12 Youniverse  The universe revolves around their only person

#13 Internesting  surrounding yourself with pillows while using internet

#14 Columbusing  A white person claiming to have discovered what already existed

#15 Ambitchous  surpassing the normal bitch

#16 Dudevorce  Two brothers severing their friendship

#17 Unkeyboardinated  Frequent typing error making

#18 Unlightening  Becoming more dumb in what you’re learning

#19 Nerdjacking  Filling details to an uninterested and uninitiated person

#20 Afterclap  Last one to clap after everybody stopped. (The first one to clap when the music didn’t end?)

#21 Nomonym  Tasting the same for otherwise two different food

#22 Beerboarding  Extracting secrtets by getting someone drunk

#23 Doppelbanger  Having intercourse with someone looking like you

#24 Eglaf  A word that has no meaning to be substituted to a meaningless word

Any “scientific paper” related to sex is fucking readable

Learn new words and get a life

While it doesn’t get much better than sex and drugs for many out there, new research has found that simply learning a new word can spark up the same reward circuits in the brain that are activated during pleasurable activities such as these. No wonder there are so many bookworms and scrabble addicts out there.

Human language is a unique phenomenon that separates us from other members of the animal kingdom. The emergence of language was a hugely important step in our evolution because it allowed humans to cooperate and share knowledge more easily. But what motivates us to acquire a new language from a very early age has been a mystery.

Some hypothesized that language-learning mechanisms may have been linked to reward circuits in the brain, reinforcing the drive to learn new words. Until now, however, experimental evidence in support of this has been lacking.

Learning New Words Activates The Same Brain Regions As Sex And Drugs

October 29, 2014 | by Justine Alford

Photo credit: Craig Sunter, “Book Worm,” via Flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0

For this latest study, which has been published in Current Biology, researchers from Spain and Germany looked at the brain activity of 36 adult participants using a technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Scans were taken while the participants were performing two different activities: learning the meaning of new words from context in a sentence, and a gambling task.

During both word learning and gambling, participants exhibited activity in the ventral striatum, which is a core area involved in reward and motivation. This same region is activated during a wide range of pleasurable activities, such as eating great food, having sex and taking drugs.

During word learning activities, synchronization between the cortical language regions and the ventral striatum was also increased. Furthermore, those with better connections between these two circuits were found to be able to learn more words than those with weaker links.

Taken together, these results suggest that the union of these two brain circuits bestowed humans with an important advantage that ultimately resulted in the emergence of linguistic skills. “From the point of view of evolution, it is an interesting theory that this type of mechanism could have helped human language to develop,” lead author Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells told La Vanguardia.

The findings, he says, call into question whether language is solely product of the evolution of the brain cortex, and could even suggest that emotions may influence the process of language acquisition.

[Via Current Biology, MIC, University of Barcelona]


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