Fear, focus, and the future. Here, C.M. Humphries writes about whatever.
Along with the numerous big-name books coming out this fall, dictionary companies are rolling out their new editions. Of course, every year comes with the addition of new words and definitions. For 2012, some of these words are technical, but most of them are somewhat funny. Here are my favorite 6.
First off, here are my sources:
F-bomb, Sexting Among New Words In Merriam-Webster Dictionary
And the definitions - outside of my interpretations - go to the men and women behind Merriam-Webster dictionaries.
Now then, why are we adding such ridiculous words to the dictionary? Some words are technical and need to be known for the sake of categorization. It's how our minds function. But when you see F-bombs taking a legitimate form in the dictionary, you have to ask why.
It's the same as anything else: ratings. Or in this case, publishers are fighting to the death to have the most in-depth dictionaries out there. Some of them discover new words without publicly releasing them at first. This way other dictionary companies have to create, add, or find their own new words. It might seem a bit over-the-top, but when was the last time you bought or used a dictionary? I don't mean Google search results.
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