Popular Internet Terms are Added to our Dictionary, Teacher’s Thoughts?

Popular Internet Terms are Added to our Dictionary, Teacher's Thoughts?

Makayla Alicea, Editorial Board

Recently our dictionary was just updated to include 150 new words and definitions, with the addition of revisions to over 1,000 entries by the popularization of Internet/social media slang words such as feels, or doge, and even IRL.
We asked a few of our teachers if they knew the definition to any of these words. I mean, we have to learn their vocab, so why not have them learn ours?
We also asked how they felt about these new terms being added into our dictionary and if they’d let their students use them in an essay for their classes.
Their responses?

What does asterisk mean?
Asterisk: any factor or element that makes an otherwise outstanding achievement somewhat doubtful or less impressive

Yes:  2
No: 5

What does fleek mean?
Fleek: flawlessly styled, groomed, etc

Yes:  2
No: 5

What does IRL stands for? TBH?
IRL: in real life
TBH: to be honest

Yes for IRL:  1
Yes for TBH: 2
No:  7
Do you know what a facepalm is?
Facepalm: the gesture of placing the palm of one’s hand across the face, as to express embarrassment, frustration, disbelief, etc. (often used as an interjection)
Yes:  5
No:  2

Do you know what feels are?
Feels: strong positive emotions toward something

Yes:  5
No:  2
Do you know what a doge is?
Doge: popular internet meme
Yes:  2
No:  5
Mr. Thompson: Yes, because of Dakota Hamon

How do you feel about these words being added to the dictionary?

Mrs. Green: “I think it’s ridiculous, they shouldn’t be added.”
Mr. Wheeler: “I don’t use a dictionary, so it doesn’t bother me.”
Mr. Schulz: “A sign of the ever changing English language.”
Mr. Jenkins: “English is a very supple language. So, the more words the better.”
Mr. Thompson: “Dictionaries are fluid, so I think it’s good to have new words but the sad thing is how many words they don’t know.”
Mrs. Bremner: “I’m fine with that. English is living, so we’re always going to have new additions.”
Mr. Moore: “English is a constantly evolving language so one of its unique characteristics is to evolve like that.”
Mr. Guzik: “I understand that a living language is in a constant state of change but I’m afraid that it’s devolving. So those words are mostly good for sub-literate media savage.”

Would you let your students use these in essays for your class?
Mrs. Green: “No, they’re ridiculous because they’re not college words.”
Mr. Wheeler: “No, because I don’t know what they mean, they could be swearing at me.”
Mr. Schulz: “I would say with two stipulations, one: with the appropriate intended audience and two: with the correct usage.”
Mr. Jenkins: “It depends on your audience and the situation.”
Mr. Thompson: “It depends on what type of essay they’re writing but usually no.”
Mrs. Bremner: “No because they need to use a higher style when they’re writing in school. It’s good for personal conversation.”
Mr. Moore: “Probably not, in science you try to avoid slang at all times and I feel those words are pretty ‘slangy.’”
Mr. Guzik: “It would just depend on the writer’s purpose and what they’re trying to achieve. But in most formal academic writing it wouldn’t be appropriate.”