Adorkable Is Now In The Dictionary - But Does Anyone Ever Actually Use It?

14/08/2014 16:44 | Updated 20 May 2015

News just in: don't ever let the Twitter collective make a decision on your behalf. Why? Because you end up with words like "adorkable" in the actual Dictionary. If that doesn't warrant a face palm, we don't know what does.

The Collins English Dictionary added the term - which means "adorable dork" - to its pages after scouring the microblogging platform for emerging words.


The terms was first used on Twitter in March 2007 before peaking in January 2012, and was the most-voted word from a shortlist drawn up by the publisher. Its new officially meaning reads: "Socially inept or unfashionable person that conducts themselves in a charming or endearing way."

At this point it's worth considering other words on the shortlist included:

Felfie - a farmer selfie.

Fatberg - a large mass of solid waste or grease clogging up a sewage system.

Nomakeupselfie - no explanation needed.

Gaybourhood - a gay-friendly neighbourhood like Brighton.

While the term is ever-present on Twittersphere, has anyone ever actually used it out loud in a sentence?

Check out the increasing use of the term on Twitter in this nifty map:

We can't help but feel this is a word simply created to succinctly describe Zooey Deschanel while hashtagging along to New Girl. Good times for the actress, bad times for the English language...


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