Sunday, November 16, 2008

this post is "meh"

If you've ever heard someone say or use the word "meh" but wasn't sure what it meant, you will soon be able to look it up in the Collins English Dictionary.

Publisher HarperCollins just announced that the word "meh," had been chosen from terms suggested by the public for inclusion in the dictionary's 30th anniversary edition.

The origins of "meh" are murky, but the term grew in popularity after being used in a 2001 episode of "The Simpsons" in which Homer suggests a day trip to his children Bart and Lisa. They both just reply 'meh' and keep watching TV.

The dictionary defines "meh" as an expression of indifference of boredom, or an adjective meaning mediocre or boring.

"Meh" was selected by Collins after it asked people to submit words they use in conversation that are not in the dictionary. Other suggestions included jargonaut, a fan of jargon; frenemy, an enemy disguised as a friend; and huggles, a hybrid of hugs and snuggles.


Blessings today included sharing two meals with two different groups of friends. Don and I had lunch with two families that we just love and don't get to see each other enough. And then we were invited to dinner to celebrate a friend's 18th birthday. It wasn't about the food, it was about the company.

Blessing #16 in a month's worth of blessings.


Momma Roar said...

meh? Our language just keeps getting more and more sophisticated. And it came from The Simpsons, even better! -eye roll-

I love those times when you get to spend time with people you enjoy, but don't get the chance to be with on a regular basis - we have plans this coming Sat with a family like that!

Heidi Jo said...

"meh", don't think i've ever heard it. but i think i'd be a bit shocked by what is in our dictionary passing off as language these days:0) my kids most certainly don't need ANOTHER word for bored!

Melissa said...

Hmmm... I wasn't aware that we were supposed to be learning new words from the Simpsons. Not a fan of the show, but perhaps I'll have to start watching so that my language skills don't fail me!

Penless Thoughts said...

It's always about the company for us!!

Ken said...

What will they come up with next?

Danielle! said...

You know I always use the word meh! I'm glad I can now say that I am being correct. I can say go look it up in the dictionary!!!

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

I love a well placed "meh" when used in casual writing. It's a little word that says a lot.

Amber said...

I am seriously forwarding this post to my friend Loralee. She LOVES this word!

Jamey said...

I can't believe they are going to make that a "word"

Christine said...

So I guess I date myself when I go "Ho Hum"

Meh...Ho Hum...Meh...Ho Hum.

I think I like Ho Hum better.

Always nice to get out with friends. It is all about the company. The food can be bad but you still have fun.

Just Mom said...

Good grief. What in the world are they doing to the English language.

This message was brought to you by an English major.

MightyMom said...

meh?? meh?? how do you even pronounce that? meh?? eh.