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Which new words would you add to dictionary?
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One of the world's biggest dictionary publishers has started a new internet site aimed at collecting new words and phrases.

The Collins Word Exchange allows people to enter new words into an ever growing Living Dictionary.

The most common words that are entered, and shown to be in use throughout the United Kingdom, will be considered for the permanent dictionary.

One of the new words include "kippers" which stands for "kids in parents' pockets eroding retirement savings".

What words would you submit? Which new words shouldn't be included? Send us your view.

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.


Your comments:

Baltic - not the region but used to describe a bitterly cold day (used in NE England). "the weather is baltic today". I've learned a few Australianism in my time here, such as 'sick', used by kids, to mean 'that's fantastic' (similar to 'wicked'!)
Pgleave, Bris/Australia - Ex-UK

Can they just make funner a word?
Jordan, Wisconsin
Funner. Everybody uses it, but it still hasn't become a real word. Can they just make funner a word? Well, they should.
Jordan, Wisconsin

Unified: a word that describes the feeling of dismay after yet another failed 30K job interview and the realisation that you were misled into believing the university degree would guarantee a well-paid job and that the 'call centre' now beckons.
Dave, Middlesbrough, UK

"Reality-based" was the scariest new phrase that I heard in 2004.
Gary Chiles, Wellington, New Zealand

"Supermarkitecture" - for that particular form of redbrick supermarket with the little steeple.
SC, Harrow, UK

Blunkettism - blaming the world for one's own self imposed problems.
Bill McKelvie, Lanarkshire, Scotland

I would add the word "whoa"...an expression of bewilderment.
Sait, Montreal, Canada

Give us back the word gay in its original meaning and not as representing a sexual preference!
Alan, Warsaw, Poland

Obstropolus. Someone that is obstinate and stroppy with you. Often customers with ridiculous complaints.
Sarah, UK,

I'm a fan of using the word 'widget' to describe the USB memory key/stick whatsits that have stealthily become completely indispensable.
Alice, London, UK

misunderestimate
Devin, Massachusetts, USA
I believe there are many words that need to be added to the dictionary, for example President Bush has made up several as of late. Some of these include 'misunderestimate', 'strategery', and the 'internets'.
Devin, Massachusetts, USA

Chavalanche - the effect on Croydon's working class population once Burberry open a store there.
Ed, London

Linguafrump - One who objects to a national language evolving or being changed. Usage as in 'Thou art a linguafrump'.
Mike, Ipswich, UK

Can I suggest that anyone who says "cool" should be fined 80 and subject to an ASBO order as it must be one of the most over-used Americanisms there is today.
John, Haverhill UK

My young son came up with a new word to describe why he didn't need to wear a coat to school - he explained that he was uncoldable.
Mark Blackman, London

According to my Oxford Dictionary: "Wicked" adj. sinful, vicious, morally depraved; very or excessively bad, malicious, mischievous. According to the average kid today: Wicked: cool, great, good. In other words, we need to teach our children to speak proper English and stop twisting it.
Daniel, Kent, UK

Nesh, a word used in the Midlands to describe someone who always feels the cold.
Louise, London

'Tween'. This word was recently coined in the US. It refers to a child between the age of eight an thirteen
Audra, ST Paul MN

Any living language will change over a period of time
Steve, London
English is a living language, it is the most dynamic and proliferated language in the world. it is the language of Shakespeare and Eminem It is not 'owned' by the Queen, nor by a handful of dry, snobbish intellectuals. Our American cousins are entitled to use it as they see fit, as are we all. Any living language will change over a period of time as it is a form of communication, a means to convey ideas, and if the words don't exist to do this then of course, they will be created or modified. The most wonderful thing about our language is that after 40 or more years of speaking, reading and writing English, every time that I read a book or attempt a crossword, there are still new words to learn or new usage of familiar words and phrases. Therefore, James and Anon of UK, why don't you 'chill out' and stop being so 'up' yourselves
Steve, London

Excuse me Timothy, but I think you will find that "yous" or "youse" is a perfect second person plural pronoun from Irish English!
Joseph Crowley, London, UK

Metrosexual (met.roh.SEK.shoo.ul) n. An urban male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle. Metrosexuality n.
John P, Guildford

Drunch. A meal that you eat combining lunch and dinner. (Like brunch meaning breakfast and lunch)
Agha Ata, Houston, USA

I will tell you what word I would not add by any means. Guesstimate. Am I the only one infuriated by the combination of two synonymous words?
Carl de Boer, Waterloo, Canada

Flexitarian
Thuta, USA

Flexitarian. I heard it on radio and liked it - somebody like a vegetarian who sometimes eats meat for a reason, Thanksgiving Day for example. Or somebody like a non-smoker, who has a cigarette after meal sometimes.
Thuta, USA

The evolution of the noun "text" into a verb, but with a past tense that doesn't exactly sound very good. "I texted you" is not easy to say either, but how many people will say "I sent you a text"?
Richard, UK

Why... want more words to play SCRABBLE?
Jagannath Nanduri, Cleveland, OH

Dude, like I'm so sure. Whatever!
GG, Vancouver Wa. USA

Follow the US lead. Remove all verbs. Leave the nouns. Verbs are made by adding -ize, -ate or to really emphasizate.....
Mal, London

I always thought that "Y'all" was a wonderful word. It's short, has only one syllable, and fills the purpose of second-person plural pronoun that no other word in English fills. (The word is a contraction of "you" and "all," for those not familiar with American regionalisms.)
Timothy, Washington, USA

"No-brainer" meaning an obvious decision or reaction.
Andrew Milner, Yokohama

Language is invented and changes, lighten up! If we never added words, then we'd be using Old English. Chaucer would've turned in his grave reading Shakespeare!
Yolanda, UK

'Enquiry" should be redefined for a start.
Gerry Noble, Salisbury, UK

None. Give the French a breather. They have a hard enough time engineering their society without also having to create new French words to represent the meanings of these new English ones.
Eric H., Seattle, WA, USA

The trend for verbing nouns really irritates me
Mark, Southampton, UK
Verb v - to misuse an existing noun as a verb. Example: The trend for verbing nouns really irritates me, such as "He authored the work two years ago" or "The system was very well architected".
Mark, Southampton, UK

How about some sort of representative word for an unintelligible, animal grunt, of the sort that Texans and Alabamans would prefer we use to communicate?
Murphy, Buffalo, NY, USA

1) PeeCeeing / PCing / (verb for being Politically Correct) Example: "You are Peeceeing about this issue"
AR, Kansas

"Eurowhine" n. The knee-jerk, adverse reaction to anything done by the Americans.
Brian , Kansas City, USA

Yay!! An exclamation used by the younger generation as a means of indicating success or sudden enlightenment developed by one Homer Simpson. A substitute for "hooray" or "jolly good show".
Dick, Scotland

Sorelosersman: describes whining, petulant liberals who when they lose elections (often) always dream up conspiracies. People just hate your politics, it's that simple.
Peter C. Kohler, Washington DC USA

Thingy - as in 'food scooping thingy'
Anna Charlton, UK
Thingy - as in 'food scooping thingy' - spoon. Invaluable when you have a mental blank for a simple word
Anna Charlton, UK

"Let's be clear about this" - phrase spoken by a politician as a prologue either to dodging the question or telling a deliberate lie.
Phil, UK

The word 'Christmas' - since so many 'politically correct' minds seem hell-bent on banning it.
Ross, UK

Pinted, wined and whiskeyed - because there all so much different
Rose Lauray, France

How about adding 'WMD' - a fictitious object of fear which can be used as an excuse for an unprovoked attack.
Morris Hughes, Monmouth, UK

DINK - Describes a couple who have no children or dependants. Double Income, No Kids
Leon, Sunderland

I always liked the word "Contrafibularities" originally from Black Adder. There is no such word, but to me it sounds a good word for meaning the same as "controversial situations".
James, Bristol UK

None, the English language has been butchered enough already.
James, UK

Why bother, folks? The Americans are reinventing our language, anyway... The hell with it, Buddy, doesn't it just suck?
Patrick V. Staton, Guildford. UK

How about adding 'whaah'? Definition: the crying sound made by people like Patrick Staton of Guildford when complaining about Americans ruining the 'English' language.
Tim, Dallas, US

"Chav" should be added to the dictionary
Carl, Northampton UK

"Chav" should be added to the dictionary, the definition would be: Anti-Social trouble makers who stand around on street corners harassing the community at all hours while drinking cider and smoking drugs.
Carl, Northampton UK

None. These words are only created by people who cannot spell or have such low intelligence they are unable to grasp the English language as it stands. To lower our standards to their level is ridiculous.
Anon, UK

Ski's - spending the kids inheritance.
Dougie Lawson, Basingstoke, UK

"Cobwebsite" an old website that hasn't been updated in living memory.
Dougie Lawson, Basingstoke, UK

I submitted a word. There must be lots of slang words in different parts of the country and more use of English slang will help stop the spread of American English I'm sure.
Alexander Cowan, Higham, UK

Bushism: Bush'ism sl: Using slang phrases or "drawl" from the American Southwest to explain or illustrate complex Global issues. See "smoke 'em out of their holes" and "bring it on."
Rich Sittema, Dallas, Texas

I'd add the word 'truth'. It seems to have been replaced in many dictionaries by 'spin' and 'political correctness'.
Gareth, Bermuda

Please just don't add "chav". Its a word that's been around for years but never really used much, until people on TV picked it up and ran with it.
James, Hertfordshire

I would like to add "Chickenhawk"
Steve, US

I would like to add "Chickenhawk". Definition: People who love and support war provided others than they themselves do the fighting. (The present Bush administration heavily consists of such people.)
Steve, US

My friend Scottie is one of the funniest people I know, so when we hang out with him, we all get "Scottiefied!"
Billy, Toronto, Canada

Sleaze - Allegations made in the newspapers which can not be confirmed or denied by the victim.
Andrew M, Walsall, UK

What about 'Bouncebackability' - the ability to bounce back once down. First used by Crystal Palace manager Ian Dowie and since then promoted by cult Sky soccer TV show SoccerAm. Let's see Boucebackability in the dictionary.
Phil, UK

Blairy: B'lairy sl: Acting in a manner totally against the wishes of the majority. One who does as he pleases regardless of opinion.
Tony Moody, Plymouth UK

Calling all language nerds! We need a new word. A singular, possesive pronoun that is not gender specific so we can avoid the use of clumsy phrases like 'his/her book' or 'the child's book' which sometimes sounds a bit heavy, or even worse, when talking about a child: 'its book'. For the plural we have 'their' but there's no singular equivalent. If someone can think of a decent one, then put it in the dictionary.
Martin, Wokingham, England

Not a new word, but perhaps a new letter for those who have trouble with the letter "t". I don't know what it would look like, but then we could properly write bu??er, wa?er, be??er, Lu?on, No??ingham etc.
Richard, Milton Keynes, UK

Loudmouse - a person who, although very quiet and reserved normally, is very vociferous and opinionated on internet discussion forums.
Jane, Wales, UK

The sporting verb ''To Medal'', as in ''...he medalled following a great race...''
James, Bristol

please remove 'liaise' - this is a modification of the French word 'liaison' and not a verb in the English language! And i'm sorry but 'DINK' and 'WMD' suggested above are acronyms not words.
Richard, Scotland

Freepressed. As in, George Galloway was severely freepressed. Meaning, subjected to scurrilous allegations by a corporate-owned newspaper which pursues the political agenda of the wealthy and powerful and is accountable to no-one.
Michael McCarthy, Ealing

"Heshay" - meaning angry...can be vaied into forms such as "heshay-bean", "bayday" and "hmmmm: someone's getting heshay!"...everyone is using it round my neck of the woods.
Tom Wortley, Surrey, England

Have we not got enough words already?
Brian, Aberdeen
Have we not got enough words already? We have twice as many as some European countries.
Brian, Aberdeen

The word 'Hutton' should be added to mean 1) To whitewash 2) To give an answer so unwanted that it is ignored. 'Lyndie' To point both hands at an object while crouching.
Martin, England

Motspur (noun): The fourth wheel on a supermarket trolley that looks just like the other three but renders the trolley completely uncontrollable.
Andy H, Reybridge, England

Waynification: the assertion by Americans that they won World War II and saved democracy for the west despite turning up several years late, and only because they were attacked by Japan. (From John Wayne, who apparently saved the world single handedly).
Hazel Johnson, London, UK




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