Friday, May 20, 2005

America's (and A Capital Idea's) lexicographical sweetheart

Erin McKean, "America's lexicographical sweetheart," talked on NPR today:
Erin McKean, editor of The New Oxford American Dictionary, discusses how lexicographers are using technology in their search for new vocabulary and the changing meaning of words. The newest edition of the dictionary hits bookstores this month.
I haven't had a chance to listen to it, yet. But soon. Oh yes, soon.

Some of the new words included in the second edition:
Words in the News: al Qaeda, antiterrorism, frankenfood, Gitmo, intelligent design, Falun Gong, bunkerbuster, faith-based, hate crime, John F. Kerry and greenwash.

Modern Times: 9/11, Amber alert, reality TV, taikonaut, smart mob, supersize, Texas Hold 'em, air rage, safe room, conflict diamond, fake bake, death metal, sizeism, smokeasy, trustafarian, mash up, permatemp, and barista.

Computers and Technology: adbot, blogosphere, bluetooth, wiki, phishing, malware, infoholic, addy, hacktivist, dataveillance, snert, megapixel, code monkey, lurker, and RFID.

Funny "ha ha" (and Funny "strange"): buckle bunny, cankle, clueful, cone of silence, FUD, ginormous, labradoodle, snivel gear, shojo, unobtainium, noogie, Joe Schmo, ka-ching, Raelian, and prairie-dogging
Taikonaut! Ginormous!


At 7:03 PM, May 20, 2005, Blogger Bill said...

Yes, but does our sweetheart confess to being a MILF?

At 10:18 PM, May 22, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...

Perhaps that is for you to confess and not her?

At 3:53 PM, May 23, 2005, Blogger Bill said...

Well, sure, if you're going to be a literal prescriptivist about it ...


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