World Cup fans rejoice — vuvuzela is now a recognized word.

It, along with about 2,000 other words, was part of the latest additions to the Oxford Dictionary of English (not to be confused with the Oxford English Dictionary.)


Other words to make the cut include staycation, chillax, turducken, bromance and frenemy.


Wait, what?


Admittedly, some of these words are part of my “under age 30” vocabulary. It has become helpful and not for my parents, who have no idea what I’m saying, yet also use me as a translator.


Thus, it’s time for a vocabulary lesson. (By the way, I’m paraphrasing these definitions.)


World Cup fans rejoice — vuvuzela is now a recognized word.
It, along with about 2,000 other words, was part of the latest additions to the Oxford Dictionary of English (not to be confused with the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Other words to make the cut include staycation, chillax, turducken, bromance and frenemy.

Wait, what?

Admittedly, some of these words are part of my “under age 30” vocabulary. It has become helpful and not for my parents, who have no idea what I’m saying, yet also use me as a translator.

Thus, it’s time for a vocabulary lesson. (By the way, I’m paraphrasing these definitions.)

Vuvuzela Noun. Annoying horn thing branded as a means for fans to show team support at the most recent World Cup. I’ve actually seen versions of this, ahem, instrument, prior to this year, but not with that name.

Staycation Noun. Play on words term invented at the start of the most recent recession to express what families who were recreationally staying home during what would otherwise be time off to take a vacation are doing.

Chillax Verb. Hybrid of the slang word “chill” and “relax,” for example, said to a person in a stressful situation. (Person 1: “I’m so, like, totally stressed!” Person 2: “Whoa dude. Chillax.”)

Bromance Noun. Another play on words to represent the often close bonds and platonic relationships formed between two, male friends.

Tweetup Noun. A gathering or meeting arranged through tweets — the messaging system from the social networking site Twitter.

Defriend Verb. Action often involving social networking sites, Facebook, in particular, where a person will remove a person’s profile from their profile’s list of friends, as in, “She defriended me.”

Microblogging Verb. Action of writing on a microblog.

Microblog Noun. Short hand form of a blog where users often post in short updates.

Turducken Noun. Literally, a boneless chicken, stuffed inside a boneless duck, stuffed inside a boneless turkey. For poultry lovers.

Frenemy Noun. A friend who is often a close rival or an enemy who disguises themself as a friend. See Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley; Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote;  Boss Hog and Bo and Luke Duke.

Cheeseball Noun. A person lacking taste.

Buzzkill Noun. Thing — tangible or not — that puts an end to a usually happy moment.

Fussbudget Noun or Adjective. A person who fusses over mundane, often unimportant, things/events or the act of fussing over mundane, often unimportant, things/events.

Contact Jennifer Hollis at jennifer.hollis@lakemediaonline.com