Dictionary Nerd News
Word nerds worldwide are either jazzed or all het up due to Merriam-Webster’s 11th Edition Collegiate Dictionary. The big news has to do with the 97 new words (I promise, I won’t list them all).
The biggest splash was made by – what a surprise – the most titillating words of the bunch: sexting & f-bomb. I agree that these words are notable, but I find myself most intrigued by comparing the dates the “new” words were first introduced to the language to the years they made it into the dictionary.
The following “new” words were coined from 200-2007:
These “new” words hail from the 1990s:
It took these words from the ‘70s & ‘80s over thirty years to be acknowledged:
But take a look at the patience of these mighty words:
1959 – tipping point
1939 – aha moment
1919 – gassed
1904 – energy drink
1859 – mash-up
1802 – earworm (the etymological firestorm going on over this one’s origins will most likely result in a future Wordmonger post)
So, fellow lovers of language, what say you to this big news – the official birth of 97 words & the formidable patience of many of them?