Apparently it's a noun.
The Oxford English Dictionary, treasured by middle school libraries and middle school libraries alone, is updated with new words four times a year. We typically only hear about the ‘Word of the Year’, which is inevitably a controversial and typically slang word, selected for its robust entrance into the national colloquial lexicon. National being, of course, American, because we don’t see Canada pulling its weight in the Cool Lingo Category and, sorry England and Australia, try not being islands first.
The most surprising addition this quarter? The improper noun “stingray”. Weird, right?We were just as surprised as you are.
“Stingray” n. a ray (fish) with a poisonous spine at the base of the tail—a short and sweet definition for a short and bitter animal. What is odd to us is that, somehow, “Stingray” was not included in the OED until June of 2017. The word is at least 15 yeas old. The exclusion of such a simple compound word puzzled us, so we did some research.
We contacted the Freemasons, the Shriners, the Illuminati, the Girls Scouts, and ISIS, but none would take responsibility for the addition, provide comment on the occurrence, or in ISIS’s case even take our messages as we don’t believe they’ve invested as much time into training their secretaries as they have training their new field recruits. The Oxford English Dictionary, however, was more forthcoming. Denny Hilton, senior editor of the OED, provides a less exciting but nonetheless fascinating explanation for why Stingray had never ben previously included: “We just never bothered, I guess. And no one noticed until a few weeks ago. I mean, they’re pretty fucking self-explanatory, you know?”
Yeah… we do know, Denny, thanks for your hard work.
by Emily Drouillard // @emilypractice on Twitter