Friday, September 01, 2006

New Words & Meanings

In past issues, I have talked about words that the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary has added to their list and words that are looked up more than others are. This gives us insight into how our language and communication is growing. Many of the additions come from new discoveries and ways of living.


It is essential to have change in our language in order to have growth and continual use. It has been shown in the past that languages that do not evolve with the times, fade out and run the risk if extinction.

Below is a small sample of nearly 100 words and slang’s that have become part of the "normal" language and are being added to the:
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition

See which ones you are already using. I have added a few definitions to the list.

Technology and Computers

Mouse potato
The computer equivalent of a couch potato:
Someone who spends a great deal of leisure time in front of the computer.
Both activities tend to be accompanied by snacking. A recent survey by the American Snack Food Association found that 85% of Web surfers snack at the computer. It has been observed that this habitual nibbling and relative inactivity can lead to development of a characteristic potato-like body form

Ringtone

Spyware

Science and Medicine

Avian influenza

Biodiesel
Refers to a diesel-equivalent, processed fuel derived from biological sources.

Gastric bypass
Surgery that makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the small intestine. You will feel full more quickly than when your stomach was its original size. This leads to weight loss.

Pop Culture

Soul patch
A small growth of beard under a man's lower lip

Supersize

Entertainment and Leisure

Labelmate
A singer or musician who records for the same company as another

Ollie
A maneuver in skateboarding in which the skater kicks the tail of the board down while jumping in order to make the board pop into the air

Wave pool

The Human Condition

Drama queen
A person given to often excessively emotional performances or reactions

Unibrow

International

Manga
A Japanese comic book or graphic novel

Qigong
An ancient Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises

Business and Industry

Agritourism
Touring agricultural areas to see farms and often to participate in farm activities

Big-box

Nature

Aquascape
A scenic view of a body of water
or an area having a natural or constructed aquatic feature (as a pond or fountain)

Coqui
pronunciation: kO-'kE
a small chiefly nocturnal arboreal frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) native to Puerto Rico that has a high-pitched call and has been introduced into Hawaii and southern Florida

Miscellaneous

Polyamory
The state or practice of having more than one open romantic relationship at a time

Sandwich generation
A generation of people who are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children

2006 marks the bicentennial anniversary of America's first dictionary—Noah Webster's A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language.

All the Best!
Maria Boomhower
The Master Communicator
http://www.falconfreedom.com
http://www.communicationmasteryarticles.com

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