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PostSubject: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:55 pm

"Meh", a word which indicates a lack of interest or enthusiasm, became the latest addition to the Collins English Dictionary on Monday. Skip related content

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, 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).

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PostSubject: Re: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:04 pm

...meh.
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PostSubject: Re: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:00 am

babaganoosh wrote:
...meh.

LOL! i was thinking the same thing but to be honest this is quite sad, after all it started from season seven of the simpsons.
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PostSubject: Re: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:06 am

It's not sad, it's awesome.

...meh.
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PostSubject: Re: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:10 am

TESSA TESTAROSSA wrote:
It's not sad, it's awesome.

...meh.

How is it not sad. We are molding our lifes after a word that was mad up on a cartoon show. How is that not one bit sad?
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PostSubject: Re: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:06 am

It is pretty sad, the fact we use it so often, and the fact it's going to be in the dictionary is just pathetic, imo.

I still don't consider it a real word, even if it is in the dictionary.
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PostSubject: Re: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:45 am

Whats in the dictionary next .... "OMG"

It wouldnt suprise me
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PostSubject: Re: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:32 am

Gotta say, it wouldn't surprise me either. or ROFL, or LMAO, any of those sort of "words"
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PostSubject: Re: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:34 pm

Haha, meh..
I love it.
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PostSubject: Re: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:14 pm

I have to admit that its awesome that "meh" is now recognised as part of the language and such, seeing as how I use it a lot at the moment.
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PostSubject: Re: "Meh" enters English dictionary   Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:20 am

I hope LOL is added into the dictionary soon. LOL.
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