Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary recently released information on newly added words for 2009. I looked these over and was surprised that some of these words weren't already in the dictionary. I grew up Catholic so a missalette was something I was always familiar with ~ who knew it was not a listed word; and naproxen has been around long enough that I would have thought it would have already been there as well, but both of these are listed among the new words for 2009.
The other thing I found interesting about some of the words is how much our world of social networking, reality television, environmental awareness and recession has influenced the words we use on a regular basis to the point that some of these have made it into the dictionary fairly quickly. I was curious about how quickly some of these words have made it into the dictionary while some have taken much longer. I did look it up, basically it is all in how many people use it and in how a word is used, at least in regards to how a word enters the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. So I can see why a word like misselette would take longer than frenemy; here is the website if you to would like to learn more about how words get into the dictionary: http://www.merriam-webster.com/help/faq/words_in.htm.
Here are just a few of the new words (for their definitions visit http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/newwords09.htm):
- carbon footprint
- fan fiction
- flash mob
- memory foam
- sock puppet
- zip line
So now I am off to plan my next staycation, where I will catch up on some fan fiction or the latest webisodes of my favorite programs; hoping any frenemies I may have will leave me alone to enjoy my goji berry smothie and my locavore while I try to reduce my carbon footprint on the world. I will be sure to post a vlog of my fun and I won't do it using a sock puppet, so as to be sure you know it is from me.
Have a good day!