YOLO, so let's twerk the night away and upload our selfies - ROFL!
THE latest round of words to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary has been announced, leading me to question some terms used by teenagers today.
"Twerking" – dancing provocatively while in a squatting stance – causes mixed reactions online.
Many people dislike the word because of the action, which is often seen as sexualising, but the word itself just sounds wrong to me.
The addition of "selfie" has also caused controversy. A selfie is a self-portrait uploaded to social media. I think selfie is an abbreviation of self-portrait, which I have no problem with at all.
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Technology is introducing new words to the dictionary for teenagers to use, such as "unlike". "Unlike" makes sense since it is the action of undoing a "like" button on Facebook. Dislike has a slightly different connotation, so since language is to assist communication, both terms are needed.
What I can't stand is "swagger" and "YOLO", since they are regularly misused.
Swagger, for teenagers is the way in which someone dresses, talks and walks to be stylish. For Shakespeare, who first used it in A Midsummer Night's Dream, it meant the confidence someone held when walking.
"YOLO" (you only live once) is by far the worst though and thankfully isn't in the dictionary. It is used by teenagers to justify taking risks, for example "let's play chicken in the road; YOLO'.
I, among many others, believe that a far better use of YOLO would be "let's wait for the green man; YOLO."
Maybe this dislike will disappear. Maybe these words will, too. Some will fade away after a blip of existence, but some will continue.
Remember, it was us teenagers who used them first!