It is surprising you didn’t get a phone call at around 11:30pm my time last night, as I wanted to call every single person in the world after I read the following email:

[readermail]From: Brandon Gordon
Subject: You’re in the OED! Your cultural legacy is secure.

Go look up the word “muffin top” in the Oxford English Dictionary (no, seriously, it’s there – they just added it) and a line from one of your books is selected as one of the “contextual” examples.

I’m guessing an editor really liked your Gilmore Girls recaps.

BG[/readermail]

You guys. I’m in the dictionary. I’M IN THE DICTIONARY. I am using all the restraint I have not to type every curse word I’ve ever learned and then make a flakreggin few up because I cannot believe I AM IN THE DICTIONARY.

2. slang. A roll of flesh which hangs visibly over a person’s (esp. a woman’s) tight-fitting waistband.

2003 D. Campbell Wildwood 185 Edith eased her muffin-top backside into the chair opposite the desk.

2006 P. Ribon Why Moms are Weird 29 ‘Oh, my God!’ I shout from inside the dressing room. I stare at my muffin-top in horror.

2010 Daily Star (Nexis) 29 Sept. 33, I hated my muffin top and was desperate to slim down.

All my nerd life, I never thought — I never even dared to dream! — that one day you could look up a word in the dictionary and find my name next to a source! That I could be in someone’s bibliography! I am NERDGASMING. (To be added to OED, April 2012.)

I’d heard about the addition of “muffin top” last week when it was discussed on NPR and The Daily Show, and at one point I thought, “Yeah, I am guilty of using that word in a book a few years ago…” but this?! I’m in the reference section!

Pamlea “Camel” Riboy has made it into the dictionary. And not unlike when I finally got to be Oprah-adjacent I was wearing a mouthguard and a helmet, when you go to find me in the dictionary you must first think of “muffin top”.

You could try to reach this level of dorktastic (TBA: OED, September 2011), but it takes years of practice. Decades. I am getting that OED page printed, framed, and hung over my desk, people.

But before you start thinking I’m going to get a huge(r) nerd(ier) head over this, know that I just opened a package from my mom to find that she sent me: “Crazy Cat Lady — A Magnetic Sculpture Kit.” Thanks, Mom.

Hey, look me up,

Pamie

 

5 thoughts on “OED! OMG!!

  1. If there’s anyone who shares your level of excitement, it’s me. This is amazing! :-)

    PS: I need to read this blog more often, clearly.

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