Monday, June 16, 2008

New Word

Learned this from my son who is still in India till the end of the month. Asked him to send me a photo of him there and he said MEH. Not knowing what that was I googled it and found this: '

It's not that e-mail, blogs, IM-ing, message boards, and texting have spawned a litter of brand-new interjections. (I don't count emoticons because you can't utter them, and I don't count acronyms like LOL and CU because they represent phrases with grammatical standing.) Rather, they have given lots of marginal ones, like awwa, a spelled-out form and thus a major shot in the arm. A personal favorite is MEH, which (of course) has no definition in the OED but 173* separate ones on urbandictionary.com, including: A random word when people either don't know what to say, don't care, can't answer a question or are too drunk to form a coherent english phrase." Meh—which can also be used as an adjective, e.g., "I felt kind of MEH about the whole thing.

So there you have a new word to use but you'll probably have to explain it after you use it.

5 comments:

Jo, a retired teacher said...

Good one. I think I'll use it.

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

MEH! I don't think I will.

Chandi said...

John and I have tried making up our own words and using them to see if other people would catch on and start using them. We wanted one of our words to end up in the dictionary. They are only remembered by a few family members.

mom/caryn said...

Hmmmm... How DO I feel about this word. Let me think. Hmmm...
meh

Dawn Mercedes said...

Meh...sounds like the sound I make when the kids are calling for me and I don't want to open my mouth. So I grunt and then they ask their question!