Ah, Regret.

“Kbye” IS a word. Just look it up in the meh-ctionary.
Wed, 26 November 2008, 11:10 am
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“Meh” is the official catchphrase of surly lumps everywhere (see Fig. 1).


Fig 1: Surly Lump.

Yet if you think about it, despite its importance to surly-lump-dom, it’s not really much of a word.  It’s more like… a mutter.  Certainly not noble enough to be found in a dictionary (other than the urban one), right?  

Wrong!  Apparently “Meh” has officially entered the English language.  LOL!  According to the Associated Press,

The expression of indifference or boredom has gained a place in the Collins English Dictionary after generating a surprising amount of enthusiasm among lexicographers.

Well I for one do not find this enthusiasm “surprising”–for some reason I can picture lexicographers being a surly bunch.  Anyway, perhaps you were wondering where this hilarious little word even came from?

The origins of “meh” are murky, but the term grew in popularity after being used in a 2001 episode of “The Simpsons” in which Homer suggests a day trip to his children Bart and Lisa.

“They both just reply ‘meh’ and keep watching TV,” said Cormac McKeown, head of content at Collins Dictionaries.

I sure hope the word origin blurb thingy at the end of the definition mentions “The Simpsons”.  Speaking of which, what exactly is the official definition of this word?

The dictionary defines “meh” as an expression of indifference or boredom, or an adjective meaning mediocre or boring. Examples given by the dictionary include “the Canadian election was so meh.”

Yeah, I guess the Canadian election would be “so meh.”  (Other examples might include frozen dinners, the new Britney Spears CD, and the state of Delaware.)

This recent upgrade of an internet-popular psuedo-word to a 100% legit Dictionary Word got me thinking of a few other suggestions for those surly lexicographers to consider.

The Collins English Meh-ctionary

fish tacos  A much more hilarious way to refer to the female external sex organs.  Let’s get fish tacos for lunch; we haven’t eaten out in a while.  [origin: A.Chan.]

kbye  A much more hilarious way to say “goodbye.” Kbye.  [origin: (Like so many other phrases in my life,) Napoloen Dynamite.]

so lez  Anything–as determined by Alex and/or me–of, like, or relating to lots of feelings, girls kissing girls (and liking it), ugly shoes, or the Indigo Girls. Heather’s new haircut is so lez.  [origin: “The L Word”.]

ttyn  Talk to you never.  ttyn biotch!  [origin: “My New BFF” (Paris Hilton’s reality show, duh).]

Also, I’d like to propose that the following abbreviations permanently replace the words that they shorten:

inapprops  (inappropriate)

sitch  (situation)

totes  (totally)

Um… do lexicographers read my blog?


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whoa, whoa, i can get behind those first three words (although, i think jenny schecter might use “so les” instead), but you know me. i dont do computer speak. UGH. biggest turn off ever (above ppl chewing with their mouth open and never using a knife).

Comment by iwentwest

Does this mean we’re never going to hook up ?

Comment by VallyO

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