Lunchtime Poll: Which new word most belongs in the Oxford English Dictionary?

It’s my favorite day of the year! “New words, senses, and phrases have been added to the New Oxford English Dictionary!” Among the boring ones like “big media” and something called “cloud computing” (clearly an acid trip-induced flight of fantasy in the Internet’s wild imagination) are staycation, LMAO, LBD, tramp stamp, TTYL, unfriend, and webisode. “What’s not to like?” No, really, that is one of the New Phrases. And the answer is a lot.

We must decide which is the most glaring omission from the OED’s new roster. Michael Slezak thinks it’s Idoloonie (n., human obsessed with American Idol), and I think it’s DANCMSTR (n., human obsessed with Dancing With the Stars or Len Goodman, the MASTR himself; derivative: the vanity license plate on the head judge’s stretch limo). But we are merely two self-centered people with low-level lives who would like to feel justified when we use the write-in option under “Other” when asked about our race. I think we both know doucheboat is going to win.


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  • tracy bluth

    I can’t decide between doucheboat and DANCMSTR.

  • Elizabeth

    funner or funnest

    • Kari

      Funner has been the word of the summer. Funner summer 2010.

      I like it.

  • Josie

    Is “truthiness” in the dictionary? It should be.

    • jcarla

      ‘Truthiness’ was added this year and attributed to Colbert.

  • Katja

    DANCMSTR!

  • Stormy

    Is google a noun or a verb or both?

  • Alex

    Yoink.

  • Nee Nee

    I vote for Meh

  • mawhi

    Ridiculata, obvi!

    • the girl

      This gets my vote!

  • daisyj

    Have they already added cracktastic?

  • JC

    Douchcanoe. (Also, in case you were wondering, my friend realized that a Joss Whedon nerd is known as an Eliza Douchecanoe. You can have that one for free, y’all)

  • mawhi

    also… can we talk about how “my bad” and “be all that” are considered new phrases?

  • Shamus N.

    Doucheboat.

    Glad to see vuvuzela make it in, but eggcorn? Isn’t that already known as a mondegreen?

  • DC

    refudiate

    • Ktct

      Perfect response!

  • Shannon

    Oh. Em. Gee.

  • mr.smelly

    DC: how about Obamas made up word: Corpsemen

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