La-La Theory! #5, The: Blizzards, Blindfolds, Squatters, and Cartoonists

La-La Theory! #5, The: Blizzards, Blindfolds, Squatters, and Cartoonists

by Katie Haegele

1880 was a good year for language! In the LaLa Theory #5, Katie tells a bit about some words added that year, including of course the title words, blizzard, blindfold, squatter, and cartoonist. (Gonad also came that year.) I like to think about the culture that gave birth to those words, what was happening in the world that made those common terms and ideas. Here are some of the words added to the dictionary in 2007: ginormous, crunk, and smackdown. What can we infer about our year? Don't answer that.