Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How Do You Say... "MEH"?


"Meh" is the verbal shrug we use to vocalized indifference or boredom?  It can also be used as an adjective meaning mediocre or boring?  (See Homer video).

It was added to the Collins English Dictionary - a printed and online dictionary of English, published by HarperCollins in Glasgow, back in November 2008.

Cormac McKeown, senior editor for Collins dictionaries, said:

"This is a new interjection from the US that seems to have inveigled its way into common speech over here".

"It was actually spelled out in The Simpsons when Homer is trying to pry the kids away from the TV with a suggestion for a day trip. They both just reply 'meh' and keep watching TV; he asks again and Lisa says 'We said MEH! M-E-H, meh?!' "

Some have speculated that meh's origin is Yiddish because of its similarity to the interjection "feh".  For example, the word appears in the 1936 classic film Yidl Mitn Fidl as the transliteration of the sound a goat makes.

The dictionary's compilers said the word originated in North America and spread through the Internet.

Harper Collins' definition of "meh" included a "real example" of usage:

"As in 'the Canadian election was so meh'."

When complaints arose over this choice of example, Harper Collins' lexicographer Cormac McKeown, who chose the election reference, insisted that he meant "no slight to Canada."

So how do you say
in your language?  Or what's your equivalent of 'meh'?

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