The English language is constantly growing and changing, whether you want to call it slang or not, words evolve the same way our culture does. This is what I had to tell myself after I read that “avo” was being added to the dictionary, because at first I was a little upset.
“A dictionary is almost like a glossary of life: peek inside and you see descriptions of everything around you. The addition of new words to a dictionary is a step in the continuous process of recording our ever-expanding language.”
This comes from MerriamWebster.com, who added over 840 “new” words to it’s online dictionary on Sept 4th. Words like ‘avo’, ‘marg’, and ‘fav’, which are all abbreviations for avocado, margarita, and favourite. It’s not just shortened variations of words though, are you a hophead? Maybe you would like a bowl of zoodles? Or is that a little too bougie?
Not all the words are new, or slang, some of them are foreign phrases that have their way into North American culture. Mise en Place has been around for awhile, so has iftar, but they have become increasingly more popular.
My favourite, or fav, has to be hangry though. a mixture of angry and hungry, because well, let’s face it, it’s the most relatable one.