In an effort to not act their age, the Oxford Dictionary is now asking the teens of today to explain their terminology. IMHO, it’s a move more wack than bashy.
There’s nothing that raises pulses higher than an antiquated institution attempting to be down with da kidz. The grand old master of perspicacity, the Oxford Dictionary, is attempting to do just that, ironing denim patches on its tweed bodysuit and promising to grind that dodgy handrail with its gnarly verbiage.
In an effort to not act their age, they’ve prodded the youth of today to help them out, a push united under the completely not-at-all lame hashtag #YouthSlangAppeal.
How sick* is the OED? Deliver a rejuvenating dose by contributing a word to our latest appeal, this time focusing on the language of children and the youth. We could do with some help. Bare help. #YouthSlangAppeal
*excellent, impressive, coolhttps://t.co/0Kz22GGLH2
— The OED (@OED) 19 September 2018
On its website, the OED explained: “Young people’s language today can be particularly elusive—because the terms that are in vogue change so rapidly and newer ephemeral modes of communication (texting, WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc.) make it difficult to monitor and record this kind of vocabulary.” Through its appeal, which extends to anyone who interacts with, or is, a young person, the dictionary hopes to get a better sense of “the language used by children and teenagers today.”
Clearly, they’re just trying to get the kids to do their jobs for them through the medium of bare bants, but Coco Khan goes a bit further in The Guardian, believing that the OED’s move means that the nonsense language of our children is “established, bona fide, and must be accepted.”
The suggestions of the aforesaid bona fide language happen to be kept in this rather handy video explainer by urban linguistics professor, Doc Brown.
I mean, yes. English is dead, and we killed it.
But at least now we kidadults of an advanced age no longer have to rely on the grimy nonsense of Urban Dictionary.