Where can yesterday be found after tomorrow? In the dictionary!
Oct 2015Today (16 October) is National Dictionary Day, and not so coincidentally the birthday of Noah Webster, the father of the modern dictionary. In 1806 he published the first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, and the dictionary has been evolving alongside the English language ever since.
Thousands of words from the dictionaries of old are now redundant, and thousands of new words have been born in this modern era. In honour of National Dictionary Day, we have taken a look at some of the words which have fallen out of favour, and those which are currently red hot.
Bestie - a colloquial term to describe a best friend.
Blu-ray - a digital optical disc, which provides higher resolution images than a DVD.
E-ticket - abbreviation of electronic ticket, it is a digital ticket which can be stored on mobile phones, tablet devices etc., and electronically scanned to gain entry.
Emoji - a small icon used in electronic messaging and webpages to express emotion or ideas.
Jeggings - an item of clothing, a cross between jeans and leggings.
Photobomb - when someone or something appears in a photograph unbeknown to the individual having the picture taken.
Obsolete and out-dated words are continually removed from concise dictionary editions to make room for new words. Those below have already been dropped:
Aerodrome - a location where aircraft activity and operations take place.
Cassette player - a machine for playing or recording audio cassettes.
Growlery - a place to 'growl in', a private room or den. (Similar to a modern day 'man-cave'.)
Threequel - the third film, book, event, etc. in a series.
Video jockey - a person who introduces and plays music videos on television.
Younker - a young gentleman.
The beauty of the English language is that it's constantly growing; and although it is sad to see words being removed from our dictionary books, they will always have their place in our history books.