‘Bovvered’ to enter the dictionary
October 13, 2006
“Catherine Tate’s catchphrase “bovvered” is set to enter the dictionary. The word, made famous by Catherine’s character Lauren, has been named word of the year in The Language Report.” Shows how out of touch I am- never heard of the word, the person or her character. It is among 500 words being considered for inclusion in the December edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. An OED spokesman said: “Bovvered has taken over from ‘whatever’ as the signature phrase of teenagers.” Other words set to be included are ‘Nang’ meaning cool and ‘Flashpacking’ meaning affluent backpacking. Whether it’s worth putting in a lot of new words that will probably go out of fashion in another six months is another question.
The OUP website lists the ‘Words of the Year’ selcted in “larpers and shroomers” by Susie Dent. They include:
1905 whizzo 1909 tiddly-om-pom-pom 1926 kitsch 1941 snafu
1945 mobile phone 1950 brainwashing 1961 awesome 1965 miniskirt
1971 green 1974 punk 1989 latte 1993 have it large
2003 sex up 2004 chav
Each of them, as OUP point out, says something about the preoccupations of their time. I’m intrigued to find out that I am a retrosexual. There, that’s me out of the closet.