If YOLO, then why not add a few new words to the daily lexicon?
Word banks are rapidly expanding as times change and technology develops. Spreading into daily conversations (mostly online, natch) are a few words making grandparents shrug.
Here’s a handy guide for them to paste into their dusty, hard-back dictionaries.
Twerk: Twerkers are shaking their hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing their rears to shake, wobble and jiggle. Twerking has likely existed since our ancestors realized that shaking butts are amusing, but it was brought to the forefront this year during pop singer Miley Cyrus' performance with crooner Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Qi: Need a way to use the letter “Q” when playing “Words with Friends” on your smart phone? Qi has been around for thousands of years. It is the circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy and medicine. The word falls in there with "ja," "zed" and "qat" as tricky ways to use those high-scoring letters in the popular smartphone app.
Thigh gap: The latest in a batch of "thinspiration" trends, thigh gaps are this year's visible hip bones; an often-unattainable ideal in which a woman's thighs don't touch in the middle. It is the bane of many a young girl's, and, plus-size model Robyn Lawley's, existence.
Bitcoin: A digital currency (also called crypto-currency), Bitcoins are not backed by any bank or government. Bitcoins may be traded for goods or services with vendors who accept them as payment. The currency became popular this year after the FBI seized $28.5 million in Bitcoins from Ross Ulbricht, who allegedly ran the Silk Road drug operation. The Silk Road was a digital black market for illegal drugs.
Guac: One of the world's most delicious condiments is now acceptable in abbreviated form. By not pronouncing all the syllables in guacamole, diners have three syllables more of time to savor the creamy avocado-based sauce of Mexican origin.
Phablet: Phablets are pieces of mobile technology that straddle the functionality of both a phone and a tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is an example of this.
Derp: This is one of those words that means how it sounds. It is often used in reference to something stupid or making a mistake. Example: "I locked myself out of my car. Derp." Similar to Homer Simpson's "Doh," derp is thought to have first been used in the 1998 movie "BASEketball."
Digital detox: Sometimes even the most tech-savvy people need to take a step away from the electronic devices. Digital detox refers to the break one takes from being constantly connected to soak in nature or rediscover the fact that it exists.
Srsly: The non-vowel form of “seriously” was added to Oxford dictionaries online in August. Srsly. It's a busy world, and apparently the syllabi are getting in the way.
Selfie: Even President Barack Obama jumped on this bandwagon when he was caught by media taking a photo of his self with other dignitaries while attending Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa. In 2013, people seem to be in love with the man in the mirror. Oxford Dictionaries named "selfie" the word of the year. It’s a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a camera phone, and usually in a slightly tilted manner.
MOOC: Access to higher education is easier than ever, largely in thanks to MOOCs, or massive online open courses.
Gangnam Style: This song was released by musician Psy in South Korea in mid-2012. On December 21, 2012, "Gangnam Style" became the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views. As of Dec. 11, 2013, the music video had been viewed more than 1.845 billion times on YouTube. The video's dance moves gave the song lasting power.
FOMO: This year, we've been accosted with the evidence of the parties, weddings and sheer awesomeness of even our most casual acquaintances, thanks to social media. The onslaught can lead to an anxiety disorder known as FOMO -- the fear of missing out.