It’s impossible to separate the word “adorkable”The career of the charming Zooey Deschanel. The Merriam-Webster dictionary added the word to their Dictionary this month, making it more popular than ever. Let’s take a dive into the etymology of “adorkable.”
‘Adorkable’ Is A Portmanteau
As you probably guessed, “adorkable”Combination of the words “adorable” “dork.”A portmanteau is a unique form of word-fusion. We use them in English more often than we might realize. All of these portmanteaus are commonly used: motel, brunch (or podcast), brainiac, or podcast. They’re so widely used that they’ve taken on a separate meaning from their origin words.
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“Adorkable”It has a similar past. While it was once a delightfully quirky adjective reserved for Twitter, it’s now a dictionary-recognized word used in online and in-person conversation alike. It has a fascinating past. Merriam-Webster does not include all Millennial internet slang. Here’s a brief history of “adorkable”Popular culture
The 2001 First Use of the Word Traces Back to 2001
2012 Vulture did a deep diveThe word was a quirky one and it found its first form in the form a personal blog. Hilary, a person from Hilary claimed the web address on February 27, 2001. adorkable.blogspot.com. It appeared to be an online journal of a teenage girl with lots of ramblings about Josh and arguments between her parents. While there’s no telling when the word “adorkable”It is believed that Hilary first introduced the internet to it.
The user then had to log in on January 20, 2003. Miss AnGie was added “Adorkable”To UrbanDictionary.com. “Simply adorable but in the utmost dorky way. Cute. Silly. Funny. Spiff,”The definition was read. The example sentence is read. “Oh that AnGie is SO adorkable!”The prestigious honor of being called the “Word of the Year” was bestowed upon the word in 2006. “Urban Word of the Day.”2007 Time Joel Stein, journalist, wrote a piece about The O.C.Actor Adam Brody was called “Looking for Mr. Adorkable,”Further affirming that the word is a relevant adjective.
‘Adorkable’New Heights Reached in 2011
We remain skeptical. “adorkable”It would have been included in any dictionary if it wasn’t for Fox’s sitcom. New Girl. Elizabeth Meriwether’s quirky sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel was the essence of adorkable in its first season. Deschanel had already earned a reputation for being a hipster chick, with a passion for vintage music and a quirky personality.
As the leader of New Girl, the show heavily leaned into Deschanel’s beloved quirky nature. On promotional images, the tagline read, “Simply adorkable.” The word was inescapable as buzz for the new show increased which only encouraged more use of the word itself—especially among the show’s fans. A few years later, the word was entered into Collins English Dictionary via a Twitter poll.
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Deschanel later admitted that she was annoyed at the way people used the term to describe her personal life. “That’s a word that describes the character that I play, not me. I don’t personally have identification with that word myself,” She told the Huffington Post2015, insisting it was the show’s marketing team that leaned so heavily into her adorkable-ness.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary still has the word, but it owes its existence to Deschanel, Jessica Day (a wonderful, charming character), and the Merriam Webster Dictionary. New Girl.