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Friday, January 14, 2011

Aging Boomers

I don't know how many of you are of the AARP age, but the cover of their bulletin this month says that Baby Boomers are hitting the age of 65 at a rate of 8,0000 a day.  I'm not there yet, but I'm getting closer and closer.

In the same issue, there's a list of 50 new words and expressions that have become bona fide entries in the dictionary.  I don't know about you, but it's getting harder and harder to understand some of the language today.  I don't always know when to take it seriously or if people are making it up as they go along.  I've even at times thought I was having some serious hearing problem and misunderstanding words.

Here's a few of them.  You might want to write them down for future reference.  I know I won't remember them but at least I can stand and nod like I know what's being said.

automagically
(adverb) automatically in a way that seems magical.

bargainous
(adjective) costing less than expected

big media
 (noun) primary mass communication sources, e.g. TV and the press

bromance
(noun) close platonic male friendship

buzzkill
 (noun) person or think that has a depressing effect

chillax
(verb) to calm down and elax

cougar
(noun) older woman who dates younger men

frenemy
(noun) friend with whom one has frequent conflict

matchy-matchy
(adjective) excessively color-coordinated

meme
(noun) image, video, or phrase passed electronically on the internet

microblog
 (verb) to post very short entries on a blog

own
 (verb) to utterly defeat or humiliate

rock
(verb) to do something in a confident, flamboyant way

staycation
(noun) vacation spent at home

truthiness
(noun) quality of seeming true

turducken
(noun) roas of a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey

Do with these what you will.  It cleared up some things for me.  There's more but these are the major ones I've had questions about.

7 comments:

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e) said...

Whoo hoo, I don't use any (well, many) of these, but I could define them all.

Not sending off for that AARP card just yet!

Deb said...

Some of these are hilarious...thanks for enlightening an old lady!!! If you get a chance, head over to Jeremiah 29:11 and join my little linky party....no strings attached!!! :)
(p.s...know what the word verification is on this comment...deflab!! hahahahahah!!)

Stuff could always be worse said...

Yep we are aging! Love these new words, glad you told me what some of them mean!
kim

Coffeypot said...

I'm to old to be a boomer. Boomers started in '45. I was born in '44 - War Baby. I've read and heard all these terms, too. I remember when Gay meant Happy.

Angelia Sims Hardy said...

Okay! Yay for the progression of words? LOL!

The only one I hadn't heards was the last one, but then again, I don't cook. HA.

Those are funny. I am surprised they made the word list, those are pretty hip words. :-)

For an (almost) aging boomer, you sure are in the know. I love that!

:-)

Jo-anne "Blossy" said...

I'd never heard of some of those words Weezer. I guess we still learn something new every day.

Jules said...

I've actually heard about half of them and use a few.....