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Old 06-26-2005, 12:14 PM   #1
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Guess What Is in the Dictionary?!?

Guess What Is in the Dictionary?!?

What do frankenfood, Texas Hold 'em, Joe Schmo, and barista have in common? They are just four of the fun 2,000 new words added to the dictionary.

American English is a grand language for the simple reason that it's the most flexible language in the world. New words and usage are coined at a phenomenal rate, and they have just been given added legitimacy by The New Oxford American Dictionary. New entries range from agritainment (agricultural entertainment, which is tourists visiting farms) to zorse (cross a zebra with a horse and you get a zorse) and reflect the preoccupations of American culture, the times we live in, and the pluralism of our nation. Here are just a few examples.

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.

Meanwhile, competitor Merriam-Webster asked visitors to its Web site to list their favorite words that aren't really words. And you have to admit that these non-words really should be words!

Top 5 Favorite Words (Not in the Dictionary)
1. ginormous (adj): bigger than gigantic and bigger than enormous
2. confuzzled (adj): confused and puzzled at the same time
3. woot (interj): an exclamation of joy or excitement
4. chillax (v): chill out/relax, hang out with friends
5. cognitive displaysia (n): the feeling you have before you even leave the house that you are going to forget something and not remember it until you're on the highway

I like ginormous & confuzzled...gonna use those. I'll bet we can come up with a few.

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Old 06-26-2005, 12:17 PM   #2
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I like those too, Mish . I'm confuzzled a lot
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fruitile - describes a partly successful endeavor (half fruitful, half futile)
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Harry Potato

He could be such a cool wizard if he would get up off the couch.
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I was surprised "insurgent" wasn't mentioned in words in the News. I've had to look it up a few times, & read it's one of a few of the most looked-up (did I just make one up?) words.

When my brain wakes up, I'll try to come up with some. Me likee (I like that word) your word, Mud.
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Thankee, mish.

I'm surprised "empower" wasn't on any of the lists. I'm so sick of that word in all its forms.
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Thankee, mish.

I'm surprised "empower" wasn't on any of the lists. I'm so sick of that word in all its forms.
Me Likee! Thankee, Mud.

If we look up (whatiz face?) Tony Roberts?, we'll probably find it cross-listed

Hereyago - Champain

def. A hangover from drinking too much Champagne.
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What about

Whatcha- as in ..whatcha doin?
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Tony Roberts? Isn't he the guy who was in some of those Woody Allen movies?

likee your new word. not to be confused, however, with shampaign (def. alcohol-free bubbly)
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