A spot of furry wordwatching
Last night I was in Darlington watching Alex Horne, who is most famous as co-host of the BBC Four comedy panel game We Need Answers. He was performing a show entitled "Wordwatching", which is about his attempts to introduce words that he and his friends have invented into the OED.
So far, while some progress has been made, none of his words (see below) have got in. However, I feel that if we can spread the word around we can get them in. I just hope I do not go on a mental safari during the attempt.
This show has resulted in me asking a question: how come so far no words relating to the furry fandom have got into the OED? After all, the fandom has been in existence for some time (at least since the 1980s).
If the term "furry" has been used to describe both the fandom and the type of characters in it, then I think it should be included. Also, it appears that I am not the only furry with such ideas. There is currently an online petition to get "yiff" in the OED as well, which has over 3,000 signatures.
As a result, I propose we start a campaign to get as many furry words into the OED as we can.
At the same time, we should also use as main words suggested by Horne and his fellow "verbal gardeners" into our work. Here are the words I propose that we should get into the OED:
- furry/furry fandom - as in someone who is a member of the furry fandom, or an anthropomorphic animal.
- fursona - as in the anthropomorphic personification of a person.
- fursuit - as in a suit or costume that looks like an anthropomorphic animal.
- feathery - as in the bird equivalent of a furry.
- scalie - as in the reptile equivalent of a furry.
- yiff - as in the sound made the foxes mating, the sexual act between furries, furry pornography, expression of joy etc.
If you want any ideas on how to spread the usage, visit Alex Horne's website verbalgardening.com. In the meantime, here are Horne’s own words that he is trying to include. Let see if we can help him.
- Are you there? - an alternative way of saying "hello?" or "yes?" when answering the telephone.
- bollo - descriptive of an unsatisfactory thing or situation, or cry of disgust. For example: "This soup is bollo. Take it back."
- games - descriptive of something really terrible or a bit pretentious.
- honest - euphemistic term for "fat".
- honk - slang for "money".
- Kaplinsky: 6'2" - not actually a word, but a rumour that newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky is 6'2" tall.
- mental safari (to go on) - to go mad for a few moments, get ridiculously tongue-tided, or perpetrate a series of rash acts.
- paddles - hands (and for that matter, I suppose paws I guess)
- pratdigger - a pickpocket, or a non-prat friend who invites prats to social events.
- tkday - when you are 10,000 days old. Normally occurs when you are 27 years, 4 months old. (For those interested, my tkday is 27th November 2013.)
Alex Horne has also got a book called Wordwatching out now. For those who now wish to see his stand-up shows, Horne will be selling both signed and singed copies.