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Random Awesomeness (part 210)

Random Awesomeness

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Random Awesomeness (part 209)

Random Awesomeness

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LOYO, Obamacar, and otter café: new words in

The most recent update to sees a host of new words added from the worlds of politics, popular culture, and social media. You can see ten highlights from the update below. In each case, clicking on the word will take you through to the word’s new dictionary entry, where you can see full definitions, example sentences, and more.

autocorreck verb (of software) cause (text) to contain mistakes by means of an autocorrect or autocomplete function: “I wrote a great text to her, but ‘love’ was autocorrecked to ‘move’.”
[Blend of autocorrect and wreck]

parrotocracy noun a hypothetical society governed by people selected according to their ability to repeat slogans and soundbites mechanically, or to repeat or steal the policies and ideas of others: “Heaven help us if we end up with a parrotocracy.”
[from parrot and -cracy]


reply-gall noun the perceived impudence of an individual who sends an email response to everyone addressed in the original message: “His reply-gall became infamous after he sent an 1800-word response to a company-wide announcement.”
[from reply + gall after reply-all]

Instayam noun a Thanksgiving photograph shared on social media: “Before we ate, we had to send an Instayam.”
[blend of Instagram and yam]

Leo verb to achieve something after years of trying: “I feel like I’ve Leoed this morning; I finally passed my driving test.”
[from the name of Leonardo DiCaprio, with allusion to his winning the 2016 Academy Award for Best Actor after six unsuccessful nominations.]

fanishment noun the state of being blocked by a celebrity on social media: “Steve’s fanishment was inevitable after he tweeted at the star footballer 1000 times in a single day.”
[blend of fan and banishment]

Obamacar noun (humorous) a hypothetical scheme under which current President of the United States Barack Obama would provide free cars for every citizen in America: “Republican commentators cracked wise about the so-called Obamacar.”
[from Obama + car, after Obamacare]


otter café noun a café or similar establishment where people pay to interact with otters housed on the premises: “Locals are already excited by the prospect of the area’s first otter café.”

LOYO abbreviation laughing on your own (used online in reply to a joke that others have not found amusing): “A better joke next time, please. LOYO.”

social fleedia noun a situation in which one or more social media users choose to close their accounts: “Commentators are seeing a huge rise in millennials encouraging social fleedia.”

“Social media continues to be a vital and constantly evolving catalyst for linguistic innovation,” says Richard Snary, a lexicographer at Oxford Dictionaries. “We’re recognizing this with words which specifically reference these sites, such as Instayam, fanishment, and social fleedia, but Twitter also accounts for much of our corpus data for Obamacar, LOYO, and the verb to Leo. In two of these examples, we’re seeing how the creation and sharing of memes relating to a specific public figure can quickly gain traction and help a coinage enter the language – and our language monitoring programme is uniquely placed to observe and record these changes.”

[JT sez: I think they have gone too far this time. When will the idiocy stop?]

Random Awesomeness (part 208)

Random Awesomeness

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Random Awesomeness (part 207)

Random Awesomeness

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Random Awesomeness (part 206)

Random Awesomeness

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Random Awesomeness (part 205)

Random Awesomeness

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Random Awesomeness (part 204)

Random Awesomeness

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I can’t believe it’s over.

I’ve been doing this how long?

8 years

WordPress notified me today that I have been blogging here for eight years. The Writer’s Journey has gone through many changes over the years, from content to style, and I have finally settled on what works best for me: whatever I want. I love doing book reviews, making custom virtual baseball cards, and posting about real baseball cards, horror movies, and writing. This blog is my escape, my go-to, my fun zone. If someone else doesn’t like it, that’s fine; they can go start their own blog and post what they want to post. That’s the beauty of the internet, and really, of life in general. Do your own thing. Create your own world. Be your own person.

I’m grateful to those of you who have stuck around with me since the beginning through all the changes. I do hope you enjoy some of the things I have shared with you, but ultimately what I choose to share here is for me.

For those who are not on my occasional baseball card mailing list, shoot me an e-mail and let me know who your favorite team is and your address. I have several non-Reds piling up that I need to dispose of, and I don’t have a fireplace for them. I also have some Reds dupes, so if you’re a Reds baseball card collector, I have some cards for you as well.

Thanks for sharing the past eight years (or whenever you came on board) with me…here’s hoping to at least another year of books, baseball, horror, writing, Doctor Who, Star Wars, comic book movies, and whatever else tickles my fancy.

Random Awesomeness (part 203)

Random Awesomeness

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