Although I did not consider myself part of the Youth for I haven’t felt Old in a few years – until today, when I found out that Dictionary.com added the word “yeet” to its repertoire. Even Microsoft Word doesn’t know what “yeet” means, because it constantly corrects it to “yet” and draws a furious red insidious line below it as I type these words.
This week Dictionary.com has updated its online dictionary with more than 300 new words and definitions, covering topics such as covid-19, online learning, the use of “everyone”, racial justice, slang and more. The update is a reminder that English is a constantly changing language reflecting the world and society in which we live.
“The latest update to our dictionary still reflects the world around us,” said John Kelly, editor-in-chief of Dictionary.com. news, his accent. “Long COVID, downsizing, 5G, content warning, domestic terrorism“It’s a complicated and challenging society we live in, and language changes are helping us deal with it.” “
One of these changes is the word yeet. According to Dictionary.com, the slang word was first recorded between 2005 and 2010, and began as an exclamation of excitement used in the black culture of social media that gained popularity because of the dance of the same name. An online dictionary states that yeet can be used as “an exclamation of enthusiasm, triumph, pleasure, joy, etc.”
Still confused? Here’s how Dictionary.com used it in a sentence, which definitely helped this Old Woman stop scratching her head.
If we’re lucky, all of Wisconsin will shout ‘More!’ when the Packers embark on their second trip to Tampa this year, ”the example states.
Nonetheless, like many words, there are multiple definitions here as well. In addition to being an interjection, it can also be used as a verb in two ways. One meaning is “to throw or move violently” and is used with an object, as in, “Someone just shouted a bottle of water at the crowd.” On the other hand, it can be used without an object, in which case it can be used means “to move strongly or fast.” An example of this use would be, “My cat roared from there in a great hurry.”
In addition to new additions to slang and pop culture“Which also included.” “Oof”, “Storm Guilt”, “Zaddy” i “Shit”– The update also included technical concepts that many of us learned during more than a year of pandemic hell. “Asynchronous” and “synchronous” are included, which Dictionary.com explains are used in the context of distance, hybrid, or blended learning.
Asynchronous refers to a task or action that occurs or can be performed independently according to one’s own schedule or over a wide time frame. Something that is asynchronous does not need to be coordinated in real time with another person.
In the meantime, synchronous refers to the opposite or something happening in real time, for example when individuals are simultaneously logged in to a lecture or live discussion.
Other technological terms in the update ranged from “Obsolete”, or older and unsupported versions of software or other computer features and elements, yes “Deplatforming,” which refers to banning someone from publicly sharing their views, especially on social media. A good example of the latter is former President Donald Trump, who is currently banned on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
If you’re an Old Man like me, don’t feel bad or frustrated if you don’t know many of these words or even words that aren’t in the update. Learning is a part of life. When it comes to slang, even Dictionary.com acknowledges that trends in slang and pop culture are “often quick and short-lived.” Typically, only slang terms that represent “significant evidence” of widespread and enduring use do it dictionary.
That was the case, as you can imagine. Although I don’t think I’ll ever use the word after I post this blog, I right-clicked on Microsoft Word and added it to my dictionary. Hey, you never know. Besides, I wouldn’t want to look lost while talking to young people.