… but instead, I’ll say “meh.”
According to news reports, “meh” is officially a word. We should rejoice… except that I think this particular addition to the lexicon requires us to shrug our shoulders in a fashion that conveys almost caring.
“Meh,” a word which indicates a lack of interest or enthusiasm, became the latest addition to the Collins English Dictionary on Monday.
The word, which beat hundreds of other suggestions from members of the public, will feature in the 30th anniversary edition of the dictionary, which is to be published next year.
Though the word apparently originates from North America, Collins said it was now widely used on the Internet, and was increasingly seen in British spoken English.
The dictionary entry for “meh” will say it can be used as an interjection to indicate indifference or boredom, as an adjective to describe something as boring or mediocre, or to show an individual is apathetic or unimpressed.
The word was popularised by the US comedy animation series “The Simpsons”, where characters Bart and Lisa use it to express indifference when their father Homer suggests a day trip.
It was submitted by Erin Whyte from Nottingham, central England, and a panel of Collins language experts singled it out from the hundreds of other submissions because of its frequency of use in modern English.
“This is a new interjection from the US that seems to have inveigled its way into common speech over here,” said Cormac McKeown, head of content at Collins Dictionaries.
“It shows people are increasingly writing in a register somewhere in between spoken and written English.”
Other words submitted to Collins’s campaign — which was launched in June and called on members of the public to suggest words they used in everyday English — were jargonaut (a fan of jargon); frenemy (an enemy disguised as a friend) and huggles (a hybrid of hugs and snuggles).
Wow! I just got really excited that Cormac McKeown (great name, BTW) used “inveigled” (i.e., to win over by wiles) in a sentence.
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