aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Do you know these new words? (Including one I wish wasn't)

Mental Floss looked at some new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Some of them look fairly old to me, like OMG. Others, like Obvs or Screenager sound new to me.

One I wish we didn’t have is Po-po. When I hear that, I don’t think “police” I think “in German, extremely childish term for bottom.”

When I was an exchange student in Germany, I got severe food poisoning and was prescribed some drugs. At the pharmacy, the woman tried to explain to me that they were suppositories (which seems to be a common way to administer drugs there, and who knows, maybe it cuts down on abuse).

“Mann nimmt es im Darm,” she said. Bascially, “One puts this in one’s rectum.”

I looked at her quizzically.

She tried again. “Hintern.”

I knew the term hinterland, but that was it.

She stuck out her butt in a comic manner and patted it. “Popo," she said, using a term meant for the littlest of children.

So I don’t think I’ll ever hear the word “po-po” and think of anything but that moment.

Read more of the newly added words here.

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