I used to have a dictionary that sat on my shelf. It came into play when I needed to confirm the spelling of a word or to look something up.

Spellcheck and online dictionaries made it obsolete. Even those marvels have been pushed aside by Siri when she works.

New words are being born every day. This is a natural progression.

Even dumb words have their place. Hangry is one of them. If you think about the underlying societal factors that have merged to create this word, you know they’re reversible.

I was thinking about this at a particular breakfast spot that serves pancakes the size of frisbees with globs of butter and oozing syrup. The place was full of ravenous folks winding themselves up with outrage on their phones while their appetites ramped up.

If people would only use their phones for taking pictures of their oatmeal and coffee, there would be a lot less “hanger” in the world.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.