What do these words have in common? If you know, I am 99% certain you have been browsing the web as I did and discovered the year these words – and many others- were accepted into the Merriam-Webster dictionary. When I chose 1932, my birth-year, these are some I found. Just go to website https://ew.com/books/2017/08/16/merriam-webster-dictionary-time-traveler/ and choose a year. From the long list for 1932 I selected the ones above because they had special meaning for me. Can you guess why?
My friends can guess who I hope will soon become ‘unelectable’; some think I am a ‘dirty old man’ because I refuse to shower every day; ‘interfaith’ is what made our wonderful marriage possible; and ‘talking-book’ (now called audiobook) is what I listen to every night before falling asleep. So, there you have it: more than you need to know about me or Merriam-Webster’s great idea, nonetheless.
(PS word use update:. In a previous blog I wrote that ‘nonetheless’ is one word, not three. I need to remember that because I recently lost a bet to my bright 15 year-old grandson when I said it was three! In that blog I also wrote that ‘nonetheless’ and ‘nevertheless’ are, essentially, synonyms. However, pedants advise ‘nevertheless’ is happier at the beginning of a sentence and ‘nonetheless’ at the end.)