Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Bathroom Monologue: Goodbye, Old Friend
Every year the Oxford English Dictionary strikes several words from its pages to make room for the new ones we've coined. The 2007 edition of the O.E.D. finally nixed “gullible” from the ‘G’ section. Oxford deemed the word archaic and obsolete, as these days it is only used in that stupid joke about not being in the dictionary. Oxford takes their English very seriously and struck the word. It will not return unless there is a resurgence in usage. “Dumbass” was included for the first time this year, considered a contemporary replacement for the obsolete word. Out of sympathy for fans of “gullible,” “dumbass” is placed both in the ‘D’ and ‘G’ sections of the book.