When I first came across the word “teh” on the Internet, I actually thought it was a typographical error on the part of the typist. Come to find out later that it was no typo – quite a few number of people type “teh” instead of “the.” Why is this? Is it just another way of stressing a definite article in the English language? It did not take long to figure out that is exactly what it meant. Then we have that other famous word called “meh.” That one, I was already familiar with, having used it myself in the past, even though I was never a big viewer of The Simpsons, that ubiquitous television show of American popular culture. In fact, “meh” is so commonly used that the Collins Dictionary in Scotland deemed “Meh” important enough to include in order to explain to other generations besides the younger generations exactly what this word means.(1) Maybe it isn’t so unusual in that “meh”, despite its American origin, is now popular enough in the United Kingdom, and Canada, to be included in the Collins Dictionary. Other slang words were proposed for this dictionary, including jargonaut, frenemy, and huggle. My favorite is huggle, which means “a hug while snuggling,” but there are some other words that come to mind that may wind up appearing in future English-language dictionaries:
Fambly. This word comes from the obvious – family – but how a very small child might pronounce the word. I kind of like fambly myself just for its sounded innocence from a toddler who hasn’t fully yet been able to pronounce the word family. In urban speak though, fambly is more apt to mean a small group of people not related by blood who love and treat each other like a real family. Example sentence: “My husband and I are a fambly.”
Presponse. This refers to what one will respond to another person asking a question, before that question is fully asked. It may alternatively be used to describe what the respondent knows the question is going to be, just as the result of knowing the other person well enough to provide a presponse. Example:
“Can you – “
“I’m sorry, I can’t.”
” – babysit my five children next Friday night?”
Sexting. This is the practice of texting another person with the future possibility of a hookup. The message can be very casual to something really explicit. Given the way so many young people text each other on their cell phones nowadays, this one does not really surprise me. Hopefully the person they are texting, however, is someone they know, and is of the proper sexual orientation for that person’s sexting wants.
Textrovert. In the modern age of technology, texting, or even writing on an Internet message board or group, has become an outlet for many people who can say behind a computer monitor what they could never tell someone in person. Since more people than ever before use their cell phones and the like for texting, this is one word that may definitely find its way into future dictionaries.
Slackitude. This word is used to describe someone who is in a mental or physical state of slacking, and not doing the prescribed work on the job. The person is usually playing games on the computer while at work while keeping other programs open such as MS Office or OpenOffice and only attends to them whenever another employee or the boss walks by the person’s cubicle. It is quite possible the person with slackitude is also a textrovert, sexting his fambly only to be on the receiving end of a presponse.