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Groovy baby

11
Sep
2013
 

By Miranda

In the Sixties we (yes, I admit I was alive then, just after the dinosaurs ruled the Earth) harvested lots of new words from the ballooning youth culture of the time and from literature.


Droogs and catch 22s emerged, from Burgess and Heller respectively, though it's fair to say that the films of each may have done rather a lot to move them from the printed novel to dictionary recognition.


It was a hot period for technological development, too. We got the jumbo jet, the quasarand the intensive care unit plus the cassette (for sound or data), a new sport -windsurfing, and lots of clothes - the mini, the kaftan, and the safari suit.

This is all lovely. New words are a joy. So why am I slightly miffed?


Well, one of the words joining the dictionary in the Sixties was sexist - no problem there, it was always going to be necessary to clearly define the concept of sexism, though few of us would have predicted how long it was going to take for the notion to sink in.


But, since the dictionaries were aware of sexism and its implications back in the Sixties, it's a bit surprising to note that the boys' Zapata moustache made it to the dictionary in the decade in which one appeared on a such a significant number of faces, but the girls'pixie cuts, and let me assure you they were equally popular, have only made the dictionary in 2013.


Can you think of any other words which seem to be taking a long time to get the nod?

67 Responses to

Groovy baby

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said:
September 30, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Redknickerphobia.

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said:
September 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Works for me :)

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said:
September 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Then again, young Jafa, since phobia is Gk. in origin, maybe your phobia should be kokkinoskilotaphobia...pdiaco could vet that word for us, I'm sure. It sounds fairly impressive.

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pdiaco said:
September 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Here's the info Stj: kókkino sóvrako fovía = red underpants phobia. A common insult in Greek is to call someone 'vraka' (underpants). Plural of vraka is 'vrak-es'. You'd have to be a vraka not to wear underpants.

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said:
September 30, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Thanks pd!!!!!!!!!

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said:
September 30, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Hey! Let's stop casually chatting about my red underwear phobia...

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said:
September 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

;)