While sitting in my grammar class talking about how language can change with time, our professor gave some examples of new words being used that will likely end up in a mainstream dictionary if they haven’t already.
Words like “selfie”, “crunk” and “shawty” have been used in pop-culture for a while now and are showing up in mainstream texts.
This reminded me of a great place where words like this are born: The Urban Dictionary.
In my mind, I sort of consider it like a new word kiddie pool – the place where new words go to see if they have what it takes to catch on in modern society.
I wandered on over to Urban Dictionary and began to peruse the words that they had approved for entry. I confess: I laughed more than once.
Then, I stumbled upon this entry:
Can I just say how much I am enjoying this fantastic site for new words? Ordinary people are so creative!
What are some new words that you love?
By: Shannon Hames
I often read quotes from famous people. I derive inspiration from them and often, I let them lead my thinking for the day. I believe if you surround yourself with successful people (either their presence, their books, their words, their art, etc,.), you can draw energy and inspiration for yourself. I try to make a practice of learning from people who I admire and searching for quotes is one of my favorite things to do.
The other day, I stumbled across this gem and it made me think how perfect it would be to share on this blog:
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
― Dr. Seuss
Isn’t that perfect?
Without ever leaving who he is as a writer, he offers his own brand of writing advice to his fellow writers and he does is while following his own advice about not being verbose. It was adorable, timely, prefect advice.
When I read it, I immediately smiled.
I thought about how much I enjoyed his books as a child and then as a mother reading them to my own children. I thought about how much his quote “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.“ meant to me as a gay woman. I thought about how wise and kind and gentle he was and I decided to let his writing quote lead me for the day.