Tag Archives: slang

Free e-book: The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English

official dictionary of unofficial englishGrant Barrett released his book The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English: A Crunk Omnibus for Thrillionaires and Bampots for the Ecozoic Age as a free PDF download this week.

I haven’t really started reading it yet (I think I should finish one nonfiction e-book before I start another, don’t you?), but I’m excited to dive in; I downloaded it immediately. Seems like a good read for anyone interested in language and words.

I’ve been reading and enjoying Barrett’s blog for quite a while.


Don’t forget about my giveaway of The Night Watchman!

Buzzwords of 2008

I enjoyed this column, and its sidebar, about the year’s buzzwords. It’s a fun (and quick) read.

List compiler Grant Barrett is taking questions and comments here.

New lexicon: Book = cool

Apparently “book” means “cool” now. This according to a glossary of British youth speak that I found at The Chocolate Interrobang.

While the entire lexicon is fun to immerse myself in, the entry for Book stood out to me:

book — cool. The first option given in predictive text when trying to type ‘c-o-o-l’.

So here we have not only a new definition for an old word, which relates to writing, but also a new usage created by a propensity for texting.

I myself don’t have much experience with texting (on my cell phone plan I have to pay per text message), but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate this impact the practice is having on the culture at large.

Not all “text-speak” would be an improvement to the language at large — I will continue to cringe when someone speaks aloud “L-O-L” or “lol,” among others. But this is a new technology-produced definition I gladly embrace — remembering that I have a preexisting penchant for books.

That is so book! I’ll have to remember this one, and try it out in verbal communication.