“What qualifies as a Dumpster Fire depends on who's watching, but you tend to know it when you see it,” writes Laurel Wamsley in their recent NPR article entitled “A Phrase For Our Time: Merriam-Webster Adds 'Dumpster Fire' To Dictionary.”
“But if forced to define it for someone not prone to hashtagging, you might quote Merriam-Webster,” Wamsley continues.
Dumpster fire (noun, US informal): "an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence: disaster."
The NPR article continues that, “Dumpster fire's inclusion marks a crowning moment for the treasured declaration and its oft-tweeted GIF. It's the metaphor we wouldn't want to live without — though the dictionary says the phrase's first-known usage was just ten years ago.”
"If a word is frequently used enough by some people, it has to be placed into a reference for all people,’ Merriam-Webster editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski tells NPR. He says the word has turned up often enough in print — and on social media — to merit its inclusion,” according to Wamsley’s article.
What’s your take on this addition? Do you think it deserves a spot in the Dictionary?
Either way, its inclusion is ok with us, as long as it stays there (and only there).
But, the addition into the Dictionary is not what really concerns us.
It’s the definition, and we don’t want to hear the newly added word used in association with your operation.
That’s why we felt that today is an important day to discuss this word and its impact on your property operations – especially if you’ve never heard it before.
We’re going to help you keep it in the Dictionary, where it belongs.
We’ll also give you a little insight on how to keep this bad word from being used by your customers when they refer to your team’s performance.
We only want ‘Proactive Operations’ uttered around your property.
So, keep reading; we’re going to help you avoid a Dumpster Fire.