Thursday, January 19, 2012

New words in the dictionary...

Now that 2011 is over, we can take a look back at the new words that were introduced to the various English dictionaries. The Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary has come into the 21st century with tweet and social media. Other technology words include crowdsourcing and m-commerce. Pop culture is always a good source for new vocabulary. From television we get bromance and cougar. Sports has given us its fair share of references with duathlon and parkour. 

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary has added over 400 new words. Like the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, many of the words are technology and social-media related, such as retweet, woot, noob, cyberbullying and sexting. From fashion we have jeggings and mankini.

Do you know what all these words mean? Do you think they have a place in the dictionary? What words do you think should be added to the dictionary?

See you next time!

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