Wednesday, July 11, 2007

New words for 2007

New words included in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. Funny thing, if you click on some of the words in their press release, it says "The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary." Oops.

* 1. agnolotti
Great, another thing on the menu at Olive Garden that I won't recognize.
* 2. Bollywood
Salaam Bombay!
* 3. chaebol
* 4. crunk
Drop it like it's hot.
* 5. DVR
09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0
* 6. flex-cuff
Was spike strip already in there?
* 7. ginormous
* 8. gray literature
* 9. hardscape
Is this the sci-fi show with the Muppets?
* 10. IED
There's nothing funny about this one.
* 11. microgreen
I'm sending this back. This salad is far too small.
* 12. nocebo
For when the side effects just aren't bad enough.
* 13. perfect storm
They needed something to replace "synergy" in business management books.
* 14. RPG
It's always nice to see my high school shame permanently enshrined in the dictionary.
* 15. smackdown
Welcome to the WWF-efication of America.
* 16. snowboardcross
I really wish they would stop inventing new extreme sports.
* 17. speed dating
Nothing like packing a couple of years worth of rejection into one bad night.
* 18. sudoku
Can we please stop adopting every lame new Japanese fad? Well, a pachinko fad would be cool, at least for a couple minutes.
* 19. telenovela
¡Bienvenida al Eric Estrada-fication de América!
* 20. viewshed
Do we really need a bloody portmanteau of every single pair of words in the English language? The best way to describe this trend is a new word I've invented: blortmanteau.

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