The word ‘muggle’ was so often used in the best seller Harry Potter series that the readers made it a part of their vocabulary. And the author, J K Rowling, who became Ms Moneybags overnight, ensured, with her success, that Oxford English Dictionary included the word in its new edition.
The word is used to describe a person who has no magical powers — “A person who lacks a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some way”. Cracked.com says, “The people at the Oxford English Dictionary acknowledge that the work of an author entering the dictionary is rare, but the use of ‘muggle’ had become so widespread they had to include it, ensuring that the future will remember us for standing in line at Borders in wizard costumes.”
Well, English is a language that keeps adapting itself and is not at all frugal when it comes to sharing space for new words. Is it any wonder then that English has a rich vocabulary? The catch is that if you and I are lethargic in updating our vocabulary, we’ll end up sounding like dinosaurs and the kiddies will have one more thing to call us fuddy-duddy (a person who is conservative in attitude and appearance) for.
So, ‘baggravation’ (blend of the words ‘bag’ and ‘aggravation’) is the word for me if I’m feeling annoyed and frustrated at the airport when my baggage has not arrived but the other passengers’ bags have. And, of course, the chicken that I am on the flights —‘flightmare’ happens to be my ‘earworm’ during all the flights.
I am talking in English; it’s called the new English, babies. So tighten your seat belts, for ‘flightmare’ is to have an unpleasant travel experience and, though, ‘earworm’ is a tune that keeps repeating itself over and over again in our heads, I’ve taken it a step further and used it for a word.
By the way, if you don’t want to end up howling for being called ‘an uncle or an aunty’ don’t bat an eyelid and merely give a knowing smile when a young mommy tells you that her cherub is a ‘cot potato’, a term similar to ‘couch potato’ but since it’s used for an infant, it’s been modified into a ‘cot potato’.
Just yesterday, Neeru, a very senior HR personnel, narrated how her 13-year-old tells her to ‘chillax’, every time she behaves too mommy-like. Don’t roll your eyes; it is a combination of ‘chill’ and ‘relax’. Can we get any more word-savvy than this?
Buddies, I’m not done yet. All you ladies out there will love this term ‘gastrosexuals’ (Doesn’t sound too palatable, does it? Hang on, the meaning will.) “A new generation of men who see cooking more as a hobby than a household chore, and use their cooking skills to impress friends and potential partners”. Wow, so while you go ‘glamping’, (a mixture of glamour and luxurious camping) your man will do the cooking for you.
Can it get better than this? You bet it can.
Thanks to the mall culture, you needn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to be chicly (fashionably) dressed. You could be ‘recessionista’ (yeah, I spelt it right), it’s a popular new term used for a person who succeeds in dressing stylishly on a tight budget.
For a sandwich generation like ours, with lack of time and patience, this type of lingo proves to be quite handy. You agree, don’t you?
Bye for now.