This is a fun video about how we think about language. What makes a word “real”? Listen to Anne Curzan, an English professor and language historian, give you permission to enjoy all the variation that spoken language has to offer.
“I think most people when they say a word isn’t ‘real’ what they mean is it doesn’t appear in a standard dictionary. That of course rasises a host of other questions including, ‘who writes dictionaries.'”
“When I teach the history of the English language I require that students teach me two new slang words before I will begin class. Over the years I have learned some great new slang this way. Including “hangry” which is when you are cranky or angry because you are hungry. And ‘adorkable’ which is when you are adorable in kind of a dorky way. Clearly terrific words that fill important gaps in the English language.”