Monday, December 19, 2011

69. Enriching or diminishing....

As the year draws to a close, lexicographers (those who work on words) search for frequently used 'words' through the year. Once accepted, quite a few of such words make it to the next edition of a dictionary. Mountainology, the study of mountains, is one among several such words that had slipped into the dictionary some years ago. That is how 'dictionary' continues to swell in size.

Blending of words too has led to emergence of new words as well. 'Jeggings', a blend between 'jeans' and 'leggings', has gained acceptance and is now a commonly used word. In similar tone, apparent reference to widespread obesity has led to coinage of the word 'globesity'. In certain instances, new words have replaced the existing expressions. Hasn't 'item number' replaced 'cabaret' in Bollywood movies?

Words are known to enrich our lives, giving fresh expressions to human emotions and thoughts. Thanks to Jarnail Singh, 'Shoe' has attained a distinct status this year - it can henceforth be conveniently called 'a weapon of mass attraction'. The equivalent of 'Arab spring' in our part of the world is 'Slap', the thunder from Harvinder Singh will continue to echo for certain politicians. Finally, use 'Sibal' as a generic replacement for 'censor'.

Whether or not 'new words of 2011' are enriching or diminishing is anybody's guess!

1 comment:

Ashok Hegde said...

for a moment I thought the illustration to this blog, (the b/w image of an 'item') itself is a styized version of ' jalebing'....