And if my longstanding experience is representative, some of you have already hit the dictionary, found “melty” in it, and are ready to let me have it in the comments.
Listen up, dudes and dolls.
When some abomination like “melty” comes out of your cakehole and I say “that’s not a word,” you’re not zinging me if it’s in the dictionary. The dictionary reflects, perhaps even more than it dictates. If melty is in the dictionary, it may just mean that enough of you lowered your linguistic standards for long enough for your friendly neighborhood lexicographer to be forced to put your stupid “word” in there.
A year or so ago a fellow meeting attendee said definitize.
Say it to yourself. Admire it. Consider carefully this “word”‘s unambiguous inferiority to define.
I told him it wasn’t a word. He found it in a dictionary and did a little victory lap with me.
Sigh. Everybody loves to gig the writer. It’s about two-thirds Alabama-Auburn intensity, actually.
We have so much communication happening so much of the time now that we may need to adjust our thresholds for when something gets in the dictionary. I’ve encountered “totes adorbs” a few times in the past several months. I know what it means, but clearly, it’s fleeting. That’s not going to hang around. Yet am I going to have to cope with “adorbs” in the 2015 dictionary?
If I tell you something isn’t a word, just listen and comply. How would that be?
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