Failure definition


  • “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
    And next year’s words await another voice.
    And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
    – T.S. Eliot

(thanks Shelley)

For all of you spelling bee contestants and SAT preparers, you now have an extra 360 words to learn. The OED has just released its list of new words it has added including 254 new words, 190 new sub-entries and 16 new ‘senses’ (how an existing word is used).

I found it curious that 84 of the 254 new words started with ‘super’. That might be lining that word up for Michigan’s Lake Superior State University annual list of ‘Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness’.

  • “The 2012 list…was compiled by the university from nominations submitted from across the globe…The list also includes "occupy," "ginormous," "man cave" and "the new normal." In all, a dozen words or phrases made the 37th end-of-the year list. The list started as a publicity ploy by the school’s public relations department on New Year’s Day 1976, and has since generated tens of thousands of nominations. ‘Amazing’ received more than 1,500 nominations, the most of any on this year’s list. Disdain for the superlative was apparently universal among English speakers, garnering disparaging dispatches from across the United States and even the United Kingdom and Israel.”

900 words in total were proposed for the lexical lynching.

Embrace the failure of relevancy by clearing out hackneyed and outdated.