You know when you open a bag of Doritos and so much of it is air? What a chiptease. How about when you keep typing "teh" instead of "the" no matter what you do? You're so unkeyboardinated today. Feel like sipping a beer on your patio? Yeah, we like a good utepils, too. How conceivable is it that people really use these words? Pretty nearfetched, if you ask us.
BuzzFeed UK writer Daniel Dalton started a Twitter account recently to document these weird words that "you didn't know you needed."
Some of these have already been accepted into the English lexicon -- you can find "denouement" in a dictionary. Others come from foreign languages, such as "flâneur," the word for a "passionate wanderer emblematic of 19th-century French literary culture," or "yūgen," a Japanese term for a mysterious, profound aesthetic. English, of course, has an extensive history of vacuuming up words from different languages, using them as it sees fit.
Still other words Dalton shares are new creations, borne out of Internet message boards or from the mouths of creative speakers. "Columbusing," for example, picked up steam online last year to describe the act of discovering something new for yourself that's actually existed for ages.
Language is, after all, shaped by its users. New words are added to the dictionary every year. New terms are coined every day. Not all of these will last, eventually succumbing to death from disuse. It's up to all of us to decide how we want to speak.
In the meantime, we'll just be curled up in our Internest with some tea and cookies.
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