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August 20, 2009

Check out this list of 25 new words appearing in the 2009 update of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

I’ve only heard 11 of them. You?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2009 10:41 am

    9, I think. But maybe its wishful thinking.

  2. August 20, 2009 11:19 am

    20- fan fiction, flash mob, haram, physiatry, and reggaeton are new to me.

  3. August 20, 2009 12:50 pm

    Some of these seem late to the game. Others sound really obscure.

  4. Frank Martens permalink
    August 20, 2009 4:06 pm

    “carbon footprint”?!?

    What a mess!

  5. August 20, 2009 4:22 pm

    11 were familiar to me too

  6. Terri permalink
    August 21, 2009 6:58 am

    I am now wondering if your 11 and AMD’s 11 are my 11. Perhaps I wonder too much!

  7. August 21, 2009 7:37 am

    Yeah, about half also, maybe a few more, but what surprised me most was that some of them were just NOW being added. Earmark, seriously? That third definition hasn’t been in their dictionary until now? Haven’t I been hearing that word in politics since high school, at least?

  8. Stephanie G. permalink
    August 21, 2009 4:32 pm

    I’ve heard of 18, but I definitely think some of those should’ve been published sooner.

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