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Danke schoen

Have I mentioned that I’m part German?

Yep.  And I’ve never been more proud of the fact than today.

A group of German linguists has chosen ‘shitstorm’ as the “Anglicism of the Year.”

Shitstorm…defined as “a public outcry, primarily on the Internet.”  The jury who made the declaration said shitstorm fills a gap in modern German vocabulary.

This pleases me on many levels.

I always think of the Germans as being so practical-minded.  And sure, they may have added this word to ‘fill a gap.’  But it’s a poop word!  I love that.

It also makes some of the words that we silly Americans have added to our dictionary of late seem a little less, well…silly.  Word like turducken. Bromance. Defriend. LBD.

Tramp stamp.

Yep.  That’s a shitstorm of language going on there.

The word

Each year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds new words and phrases from popular slang to its pages “for the ages.”

Some are questionable…like “LBD,” which seems more like the acronym for “little black dress” than a new word.  Others are spot on — like “overthink,” which I thought was a word already (but let’s not overthink that decision).

OED editors are busily compiling their list for 2011 as we speak, so I had wanted to nominate a new word for their consideration:

“mondo”

But I checked, and the word is already there.  So I guess what I’m really asking is that OED update the definition…and here’s why.

Mondo Guerra is a designer on the current season of “Project Runway” on Lifetime.  Although an extremely quiet person by nature, Mondo’s artistic style is bold, graphic and saturated with bright color.  He doesn’t need to speak; his work speaks for him.

I admire that very much.

In fact, I feel his design sense is so distinctive, it would be appropriate to include his photo and bio under the definition for “mondo” in OED as both a noun and verb, as in…

“I think we should mondo that”…or, “That needs a touch of mondo.” Or perhaps even, “You’re looking especially mondo today.”

I love the way that sounds…and I for one would consider being called “mondo” the highest form of praise.

So, join my crusade, won’t you?  It would be very “mondo” of you.