Been There. Done That.

Lee St. John, a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, is a #1 Amazon ranked humorous author. Look for her on Facebook, Twitter (@LeeStJohnauthor), and on her blog at www.leestjohnauthor.com.

How savvy are you? Do not peek at the answers at the bottom of the page. The following sentences describe 25 out of the 1,000 new words added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2017. The latest batch features plenty of internet-bred slang terms. Even if you’ve never heard of the words, I bet you’ve acted on them. Understanding this new jargon will freak our children and grand-children out knowing we are keeping up-to-date with their latest trends. Try using these new words in your everyday conversation with them and see their reaction:

What is it called?
Throwing something into the trash or trying to make a basketball shot you completely miss the basket.
Finding a TV show I am crazy about, I’ve recorded and watched every episode in rapid succession.
How much are you finding the increased popularity of the elderberry flower on the labels in the making of wines, liqueurs, and teas?
If you tell me the elderberry flower has always been popular in wines and such then I’ll need to cover my face with my hand in embarrassment.
With maturity I do not take the quick and cheap approach to wanting to wear the latest fashion trends.
Some people of affluence or privilege like to think their minor or trivial problems or annoyances, like their phone not working, supersede people in poor and underdeveloped parts of the world.
There are those who are unable to consistently access or afford adequate food.
Abruptly canceling contact with a long-time friend by no longer accepting or responding to that person’s phone calls or any other lines of communication is what?
Prince Harry refers to himself as this because of his red hair.
Do politicians running for office make seemingly modest, self-critical, or casual statements or reference that are meant to draw attention to their admirable or impressive qualities or achievements?
After finding a new recipe, I will take the magazine article with me to the grocery which contains a series of items presented as a list.
One friend I know will subtly and often make a comment, unintentionally, expressing a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group.
I don’t like to think about the community of microorganisms that live in or on my body.
Young Adult stories in film are popular and tend to focus primarily on the intimate lives of the young characters with ample dialogue and minimal action.
Does your workplace tell you some websites, email attachments, etc. are not suitable for viewing?
Have you ever moved into the frame of a photograph as a joke or prank as it is being taken?
Detectives are now able to find the guilty from signals sent from one computer to another across a network for usually diagnostic purposes.
It’s a real problem when people are not able to recognize faces of people they know.
Who didn’t love Dr. Suess’ books?
We parents have seen those sidelong glances expressing scorn, suspicion, disapproval, or veiled curiosity from our children.
I know I am an utter disaster or mess and source of trouble.
Thinking our large news organizations are a part of a powerful conspiracy concealing important subjects or events is called what?
I tend to use the back of my SUV a lot.
What would you call something outlandishly mystical, supernatural, or unscientific?
And then how would you surprisingly express it?

Airball (v.)
Binge-watch (v.)
Elderflower (n.)
Face-palm (v.)
Fast fashion (n.)
First world problem (n.)
Food insecure (adj.)
Ghost (v.)
Ginger
Humblebrag (v.)
Listicle (n.)
Microaggression (n.)
Microbiome (n.)
Mumblecore (n.)
NSFW (abbr.)
Photobomb (v.)
Ping (n.)
Prosopagnosia (n.)
Seussian (adj.)
Side-eye (n.)
Train wreck (n.)
Truther (n.)
Way back (n.)
Woo-Woo (adj.)
Yowza (interj.)

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