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Officially "Cooked" in the Dictionary as a Synonym for; Strange, Odd, Funny, Peculiar etc

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This is a petition to officially recognise the word "Cooked" as a synonym for; unfamiliar, astonishing, bizarre, curious, different, funny, odd, peculiar, rare, unusual, weird, abnormal, astounding, mystifying, perplexing, unheard of, strange

Aim to have an official Adjective made in the Dictionary to aid those unfamiliar with this term.

The clarification of the word will assist many people globally in day to day situations and conversations weather they are domestic or internationally based from yourself.

Dictionary editors read actively, looking for changes in the language. To find vocabulary that has entered mainstream life—terms like bucket list or sexting or unfriend, we look at sites and publications with wide national readership. For words that begin as specialised vocabulary but might become more common over time, we look at medical, industry, and tech journals for words like cryogenics and fracking. Captions for comic strips such as memes have lots of words that are more frequently spoken than written. It all adds up!

New words like hashtag and selfie get a lot of attention, but many of the new words we add are new meanings of words that are already staples in our language: think of the recent meanings of mouse and cookie that have nothing to do with rodents or baked goods. The Internet-specific senses of lurk and browse built upon the existing meanings of those terms. A verb that we use every day, access, was first entered in the Collegiate Dictionary in 1973, and a specific reference to computers was added in 1993. These words may not make headlines, but they’re just as important as words that are newly coined.

Each example of a word becomes a citation that is collected with its context and source and then keyed into a searchable database that constitutes the first stage of research for the dictionary. they provide both the evidence of a word’s use and the basis for extracting a definition from the way the word is used in the citation
We search through other databases that include millions of words in the form of complete articles, books, and speech. We’re looking for three criteria: frequent use, widespread use, and meaningful use. Frequent means that the word is used that way over time. Widespread usually means that the word is used by people across industries or regions, in other words that an average adult is likely to encounter the word and need to know what it means. Meaningful should be obvious, but it isn’t, always. Famously, the “longest word in the dictionary” isn’t actually a word by these standards, because it’s never used to mean what it seems to describe. It’s only used as an example of a very long word. It’s NOT in our dictionary.

The definer must judge whether there is enough evidence to put a new word in; that judgment will be reviewed by more senior colleagues as the dictionary moves through the editorial process, but there’s no committee, no advocacy, no meetings for new word inclusion. If a word seems promising but shows insufficient evidence for inclusion this time around, those citations will be reviewed for the next edition, at which time the word may have flourished—or vanished.

A word gets into a dictionary when it is used by many people who all agree that it means the same thing. If your toddler nephew invented a great word that the English language simply can’t do without, use it! First, you drop the word into your conversation and writing, then others pick it up; the more its use spreads, the more likely it will be noticed by dictionary editors, or lexicographers. If your nephew’s word is one that English speakers decide we need, it has a good chance of getting into the dictionary.

We care about clear conversation patterns especially in foreign situations and there is nothing worse than getting lost in translation!

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