Monday, October 03, 2005

Going for a “chick flick” tonight? Consult a dictionary first.

All right word fans, what do “brain freeze,” “chick flick,” “hospitalist,” “otology,” and “amuse-bouche” all have in common? They’re among the 18 new word entries in the latest printed edition of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. They join the roughly 17 million other words that the dictionary publisher monitors, a few of which make it into their amalgum of words of the American language.

New words take about 10 years to get into the dictionary. Some are more urgent to get in that others, like “SARS,” which stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. This
acronym began attracting attention two years ago as a health hazard, but is of such consequence to American readers that the publishers decided to add it this year. The last update to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary in print was in 2003.

These new words haven’t begun to show up in the
Merriam-Webster online dictionary, however.

Read the
original article, which includes an interactive look at the 18 new words.

2 Comments:

Blogger A Template for My Life said...

Hey I'm a word person too! May I join your word club?
I have seen a lot of other "word" people in the blog world. They are out there.
Comment at you soon.

9:51 AM, October 05, 2005  
Blogger wordsworth said...

Hey, Template, good to hear from you. Please do stop back again. I don't do quite as much with this weblog as I do with cliche-a-day, which I keep up with daily. But I'm here at least a couple of times a week, depending on the material I run into for comment. Take care.

11:44 AM, October 05, 2005  

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