For huge chunks of history, the mentally ill were treated
At Phactual, we have an obsession with old fashioned vocabulary, but we like new words too.
According to the official Oxford English Dictionary (OED) website, “more than 500 new words, phrases, and senses” were added in December 2014. Imagine how many were added in the entire year of 2014! I’m not going to list all of them for you, I like living, but I will share a few interesting ones from the past year.
Best ball, n: Used during Golf, “That ball out of a group of two or more which is holed in the smallest number of strokes; usu. with reference to balls played on the same hole by members of the same team. Also: the score achieved from a series of holes on each of which the lowest-scoring ball (of each team) is counted.”
Bitchingly, adv: US Slang, “1. As an intensifier,: very, extremely; = bitching adv. 2. In a resentful manner; complainingly. Also: in an unpleasant or contemptuous manner; spitefully.”
catfish, n: US Slang additional definition, “A person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.”
gamification, n: “The process of adding games or gamelike elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.”
good-enough Morgan, n: US Polit (rare), “An issue or talking point used to influence voters temporarily, typically in the period preceding an election.”
hashtag, n: “A word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text, such as a tweet.”
Unmanicured, adj: “Not treated by manicure. Also in extended use.”
Unmarriage, n: “1. The state, fact, or condition of being unmarried; lack of marriage. 2. As a count noun: a relationship or partnership resembling but not formally constituting a marriage.”
yooper, n: “ A native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan —used as a nickname”