The inner geek in me loves it when the list comes out of the new words being added to the Oxford English Dictionary each year. I know. It is a strange thing to be excited about, but I am easily pleased as I am a bit of a nanna when it comes to my lifestyle. My idea of a party on a Friday night is eating salt and vinegar chips and drinking port in bed surrounded by my dogs. A super-great party would involve clean sheets and a few candles on top of these Friday night festivities. I know how to celebrate!
Last year, ‘simples’, ‘whatevs’ and ‘chillax’ were all new words officially added to the dictionary. This year, the newbies include ‘stan’, ‘peak’, ‘sober-curious’ and ‘bluebird day’. Let’s unpack the fresh words and phrases together because we need to stay united against the young folk or else they will smell our fear.
So ‘stan’ means a combination of being a fan and stalker. For example, if you love Chris Hemsworth but you also have a room filled with creepy pictures of him in your basement and dream about the day he is forced to marry you even if it means kidnapping his current wife, then you are a bone fide stan. A number one fan. You are basically obsessed with your chosen celebrity.
Peak is another new word that has been added to the dictionary. Peak does not refer to mountaintops or hairstyles. Nope. It relates to being at the height of your popularity or receiving attention. For example, Magic Mike was peak Channing Tatum. Or Pretty Woman was peak Julia Roberts. My backside was peak in my twenties and will never climb that mountain again. Blue cheese is peak food goals for me. Got it. Okay, let’s move on with our lesson so those smug kids in their twenties cannot outsmart us with their trendy vocabulary. Speaking of which, apparently no one uses the word trendy anymore.
The next phrase is one I find very disturbing. It is sober-curious. This means you are refraining from drinking for a while. Sober-curious sounds like some kinky secret involving a detox facility.
And the last new phrase is bluebird day. I love this one. It sounds romantic and full of whimsy. Apparently, it used to be used only by snow lovers, but now it has spread across the world and means a bright and clear sunny day. For example, we could say, “I will not be staying sober-curious on this spring bluebird day at Mooloolaba Surf Club when I look out at the ocean and think we live in the most glorious part of the world. However, peak party time will have to be before 6pm, as I have a date with my bed and dogs.”
So everyone, good luck deciphering the fresh words in our brave new world.