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Love Words? 'Sardoodledom' is Trending Now

Love Words? 'Sardoodledom' is Trending Now

Have you seen the video of 11-yr. old Kennyi Aouad having a giggling fit during a national spelling bee in 2007? It's doing the rounds again on social media. 

The word that made Kennyi crack up was "sardoodledom." It means "mechanically contrived plot structure” and “stereotyped or unrealistic characterization in drama.”  

Merriam-Webster notes that words that saw the biggest rise in lookups in the first month of the new year were "insurrection," "nor'easter," "epiphany," and "resolution," along with the winner "sardoodledum" at +1119%!

If you're a person who likes words and enjoys learning about their history, check out the Oxford English Dictionary blog (free online). Among other things, you can read about updates to the OED. It's updated quarterly, and this last quarter, 750 new words were added and about that number were fully revised.

For the Calvin community - log into the OED to sample some of its more interesting features like an interactive guide on how words enter the encyclopedia, the "word of the day," and video tutorials which can help you get the most out of your OED experience.

By the way, OED's word of the year for 2021 was "vax."

- Posted February 02, 2022 by Kathy DeMey (3:14 PM)