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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.