Of course this change of meaning happens to all sorts of words, clever once meant sly, gay once meant happy, lush until recently meant verdant, and pillock once meant a straw pillow scented with medicinal herbs (no, I made that one up, it’s actually derived from pillicock , the old Norwegian for penis. I like my explanation better though).
Words change their meaning all of the time and as language changes new words are always just around the corner. If it didn’t evolve we’d still only be saying ‘ug’ (yes) and ‘ug-ug’ (no) and that wouldn’t make for interesting TV or reading would it? That’s the beauty of language it evolves and morphs as the world changes and as language changes with innovation, new discoveries, science, pop culture, our vocabulary gets ever richer. There was no superglue, Teflon, maxi, mini, fab, turbo, lol, labradoodle, laptop, or lap-dance until quite recently.
There are around 1,025,109 in the English language, but a word can’t really be a word until it is in the Oxford English Dictionary and each year new words are added. Five hundred new words were added last month and as I don’t like to suffer from FOMO. I thought I’d take a look at some of them.
Fo’shizzle I’m not keen on anybody that drumbles, but I’d rather that words were on-trend and not stanky. After all, I’ve bukoed far too hard with my uber vocabulary to auto-tune it to flatline. I’m no freegan, and neither do I live in ecotown but I still like my go-juice black and hot in my koozie. By the way if anyone would like to sext me I won’t play at hard arse, life’s too short and shitshow for that.