Friday, September 17, 2010

Words: A real BFF wouldn't let me invest in that zombie bank

The New Oxford American Dictionary has released a partial list of the new words and phrases it has incorporated. Among them some "old" favorites like BFF (best friend forever), hashtag, LMAO, hockey mom, truthiness, etc.

And there are some reltively new ones: vuvuzela, zombie bank, unfriend, etc.

The New Oxford is not one of the "Big Three" (Merriam-Webster, American Heritage, Webster's New World), but it's still worth noting.

In fact, as I look at the list, I'm stuck that so many of these are so common already, you begin to wonder what took them so long. Yeah, yeah, I know how dictionaries work and you don't just toss terms in. But it's an illustration of how the digital age has so sped the changes in language that what's "new" sometimes seems so old.

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