phonebooks dictionaries are here! Well, the words are new anyway — a bunch of fresh jargon that the dictionary gods have deemed to be officially part of our language, even if folks have been saying them for quite a while. From the Star Ledger:
The new linguistic list is out, and the country’s most popular dictionaries have added scores of newcomers to the American lexicon in a yearly exercise that says as much about the year that passed as the words we heard.
The list covers the gamut from technology (cybrarian) to culture (reggaeton). A few were already widely familiar (chick flick, brain freeze), but it was their staying power that finally won them membership in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate.
“Neoconservative” has been in the book for a while, but it won a new definition with the geopolitical times. Terrorism left its mark in the Oxford American Dictionary with the addition of “I.E.D.,” for improvised explosive device.
And with the popular dictionaries including names, Lance Armstrong will be in American Heritage College Dictionary’s next edition as well. But socialite and hotel heiress Paris Hilton won’t be in bold type just yet, even if she was among the year’s most searched names on the Internet.
What words from your lexicon would you like to see mainstreamed…