Blog Is An Official Word

from the constantly-updated... dept

Didn't we just do this? A couple months back we pointed out that in the latest Oxford English Dictionary there were a bunch of new techie words like "dot-com", "screensaver" and "search engine" (which seems like two words, but who's counting?). However, now that the dictionary is actually coming out, there are plenty more articles discussing some of the 3,000 new words that have been added, including plenty of others from the technology world. From Reuters we learn that "egosurf", "cyberslacker" and "hacktivist" are all officially words. Over at the Associated Press, they're telling us that "blog", "mission creep" and "prairie dogging" (again, what's with the "two word" words?) are words. For those of you who don't know, "prairie-dogging" is apparently used to describe workers in cubicle farms (is that a word?) who pop their heads up to see what's going on elsewhere in the office. Amusingly, in spell-checking this post, my spell-checker had problems with many of these words. Too bad the Oxford English Dictionary people don't set up their list as a web service that my spell-checker can check in real time.

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    Jeremiah, 21 Aug 2003 @ 2:28am

    Butt, humor....

    I hate to bring butt-humor to Techdirt (ok, not really), but I had to point out that "prairie-doggin'" is also a euphemism for that time when you really, really, REALLY have to #2, and it's starting to "peak" or, well, "prairie-dog" its way from your bum.

    /butt_joke|dev/null

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      The Pooper, 21 Aug 2003 @ 7:21am

      Re: Butt, humor....

      I'd swear you must work in my office ...
      I hear every type of " word " or " phrase " for # 2 ...
      From " Coaching the Browns to victory "
      To " Makin' a Splash "
      Slang is a wonderful thing .... Language evolving constantly ...
      But I highly doubt I'll ever replace: " I need to Shit ".

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    Newsman, 21 Aug 2003 @ 9:30am

    In other news:

    3,000 new words that have been added
    The Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary grows so large that it has to apply for own area code.

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