Wednesday, October 05, 2005

New words in Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster offers a peek at some of the words it is adding to the 11th edition of it's collegiate dictionary. Editors added nearly 100 entries but reveal only a few:
New Entries
  1. amuse-bouche (noun) 1984 : a small complimentary appetizer offered at some restaurants
  2. battle dress uniform (noun) 1982 : a military uniform for field service
  3. bikini wax (noun) 1985 : a procedure for removing pubic hair from the skin near the edge of the bottom half of a bikini by applying hot wax, covering the wax with a cloth to which the wax and hair adhere, and then peeling it off quickly
  4. brain freeze (noun) 1991 : a sudden shooting pain in the head caused by ingesting very cold food (as ice cream) or drink
  5. chick flick (noun) 1988 : a motion picture intended to appeal esp. to women
  6. civil union (noun) 1992 : the legal status that ensures to same-sex couples specified rights and responsibilities of married couples
  7. cybrarian (noun) 1992 : a person whose job is to find, collect, and manage information that is available on the World Wide Web
  8. DHS (abbreviation) : Department of Homeland Security
  9. hazmat (noun) 1980 : a material (as flammable or poisonous material) that would be a danger to life or to the environment if released without precautions
  10. hospitalist (noun) 1996 : a physician who specializes in treating hospitalized patients of other physicians in order to minimize the number of hospital visits by other physicians
  11. metadata (noun) 1983 : data that provides information about other data
  12. otology (noun) 1842 : a science that deals with the ear and its diseases
  13. retronym (noun) 1980 : a term consisting of a noun and a modifier which specifies the original meaning of the noun ["film camera" is a ~]
  14. SARS (noun) [severe acute respiratory syndrome] 2003 : a severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (genus Coronavirus), is transmitted esp. by contact with infectious material (as respiratory droplets), and is marked by fever, headache, body aches, a dry cough, hypoxia, and usu. pneumonia
  15. steganography (noun) 1985 1 archaic : cryptography 2 : the art or practice of concealing a message, image, or file within another message, image, or file
  16. tide pool (noun) 1853 : a pool of salt water left (as in a rock basin) by an ebbing tideÂ?called also tidal pool
  17. Wi-Fi (certification mark) Â?used to certify the interoperability of wireless computer networking devices
  18. zaibatsu (noun) 1947 : a powerful financial and industrial conglomerate of Japan

New Senses
  1. advance (adjective) : going or situated before [an ~ party of soldiers]
  2. chatter (noun) : electronic and esp. radio communication between individuals engaged in a common or related form of activity; also : such chatter regarding future hostile activities
  3. neoconservative (noun) : a conservative who advocates the assertive promotion of democracy and U.S. national interest in international affairs including through military means
  4. workout (noun) : an undertaking or plan intended to resolve a problem of indebtedness esp. in lieu of bankruptcy or foreclosure proceedings
A couple of comments: Wi-Fi is correctly capped; it's a registered trademark.

I have no idea why hazmat isn'hyphenateded. But even before I read this, I let it go in copy without the hyphenation last week. Was I lazy, clairvoyant or just feeling generous? (I had to look up the spelling of clairvoyant, and I'm a bit surprised.)

And if tide pool has been around since 1853, I wonder why it's just being added now.


At 3:23 PM, October 05, 2005, Blogger Bill said...


At 9:06 AM, October 21, 2008, Anonymous Larry said...

The word Wi-Fi is not a registered trademark in the U.S. The registered certification marks include art as elements of the trademark. They do not constitute registration of the word itself.


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