There are a few surprising first-time entries that I would have thought would have been in there for eons:
- Battle dress uniform (noun): a military uniform for field service.
- Otology (noun): a science that deals with the ear and its diseases.
- Tide pool (noun): a pool of salt water left (as in a rock basin) by an ebbing tide, called also tidal pool.
I've played around in tide pools for 40 years, and find it incredible that the term, now officially a noun, is just making its way into the dictionary at the same time that chick flick, bikini wax, brain freeze, and civil union are being documented in the pages of M-W.
It may be time to invest in a new dictionary. I just checked the one on my bookshelf, and it's copyrighted 1968! I guess I've relied upon dictionary.reference.com or the define function of Google too much lately.
Canuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1853 times:
My Dad, (the man who insists that all English words come from Greek words somehow), often makes up words. It's funny, because whenever he uses them, people know exactly what he means.
SUPPOSEN'T -- "You are supposen't to do that."
Or the misused words: "CLOSE the light!" or "OPEN the phone!".
"Georgie, you're supposen't to watch TV with the lights closed. Open a light so you don't make your eyes sick."
My Dad also makes up words in Greek.
I was writing a story for Greek school one time as a kid, and I asked my Dad to give me some Greek names for characters. He suggested 'Rita Heziorthia' and 'Andreas Popovromokolaros'. Well, when I got my paper back the next week, I there were red "X"s all over it and I had to go see the principal.
I can't say what those words mean on a.net. But the pricinpal told my father that I was a very disrespectful child and that I was supposen't to use words like that.
My Dad says it was the hardest time he's ever had keeping a straight face.