The Oxford English Dictionary is looking to expand on its current list of 150 California-originated words. Submissions could be words that are used locally, words that were coined In Southern California and have gained popularity across the nation, or, they can also be a common word that has taken on a new meaning. Zinfandel, West Coast and Cal-Mex are a few examples of words that have deep roots in California.
Here’s a short list of some of the best suggestions from AirTalk listeners:
Shamanacon: noun. a shaman that is a con man
Chipster: noun. a Chicano hipster
Greenlight: verb. to give permission to produce a story as in “greenlight that project”
Carmageddon: noun. a situation where a major freeway project slows down city traffic
June Gloom: noun. term referring to overcast skies and cool temperatures in Southern California in the month of June
Imagineer: verb. a blend of imagination and engineering courtesy of Disney’s design and development wing
Looky-loos: noun. the California version of the phrase “rubber-necking” or slowing down one’s car and therefore, traffic to see an accident
Bodacious/Abalicious: adjective. very attractive physical looks/very attractive, chiseled abdominal muscles
Brah: noun. a male friend
Hollyweird: noun/adjective. a term referring to the strange people who flock to Hollywood
Sneak-cretive: adjective. a combination of sneaky and secretive behavior
Got a good suggestion? Click here to submit your word to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Ken Brecher, president of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles