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Increasing the vocabulary


Last week the Oxford English Dictionary added the following words to our lexicography:
Biatch (noun): Used as an affectionate or disparaging form of address. Cat lady (noun): An older woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, to which she is thought to be obsessively devoted. Craptacular (adjective): Remarkably poor or disappointing. Drunk text (noun): A text message sent while drunk, typically one that is embarrassing or foolish.
And . . .
Fitspiration (noun): A person or thing that serves as motivation for someone to sustain or improve health and fitness. Haterade (noun): Excessive negativity, criticism or resentment. Squad Goal (noun): used in reference to a person or thing seen as a model to aspire to or emulate, especially with one’s friends (often as a hashtag in social media). In vino veritas (exclamation): Under the influence of alcohol, a person tells the truth. Sausage fest (noun): An event or group in which the majority of participants are male. Yas (exclamation): Expressing great pleasure or excitement.
It’s said the best way to learn and add a new word to your vocabulary is to use it in a sentence early and often until you own it. To that end...After cleaning up hairballs and cat puke for most the morning, the cat lady took a break on the patio of her snug condo, which she called the kitty cat café. While she sipped her pumpkin spice latte, she dreamed of getting a sixth pussy, even though she already had three more than her condo association rules allowed. Unfortunately, when she slid open the patio door, the wind blew shut another door, closing off the spare bedroom with the array of kitty litter pans. After taking a good long rest, she planned to get out her specially modified stroller and take each of her pets for a walk. What greeted her instead was craptacular in more ways than one.
The Georgia heat baked down on Joe Torres and Kayla Norton as they sat in the bed of a pickup truck drinking beer, waving a large Confederate battle flag and yelling racial slurs at African-American children attending a birthday party in suburban Atlanta. The beer was not slaking their thirst. It’s a lot harder than you think to yell “go home [n-word] before we kill you” to children eating hotdogs and playing games. So they looked in the cooler for some Gatorade but only came up with haterade.
After making $5.3 million in political donations, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos looked forward to her new job as Secretary of Education. Although she had no experience with public education, she was the daughter of a billionaire and attended private schools. She also sent her children to private schools. Nevertheless, she had plenty to offer. It’s not easy being born to money and then marrying into even more. She was secretly dismayed, however, when she realized the Trump administration was basically a sausage fest of men who gave even bigger donations. She just hoped Donald didn’t call her his biatch and try to grab her by what the cat lady dreamed of getting.
It was a lot harder than anyone realized to repeal the Affordable Care Act. First off, there are a lot of things everyone loves about it like the provision you can’t be denied insurance because of a preexisting condition. And, it’s helped 20 million people get health insurance. More than a few people have testified they would have died if not for the ACA. The new regime in Washington could just tweak it, but since they’ve been chanting repeal Obamacare for years they are limited on what they can do and still save face. For critics of the conservative right, like me, it’s a fitspiration just watching.
After weeks of seemingly drunk texts on Twitter, President Donald Trump appeared much more presidential at his address to congress. Is there proof of insanity in the vino veritas of his tweets; or is there an actual squad goal? #MAGA.
Bernie Sanders refrained from saying I told you so to Hillary Clinton supporters, but every once in a while, when he was alone, he whispered a not-so-satisfying, “Yas.”