Monday, July 20, 2009

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New Words for 2009 !
It is that time of year again—time to unveil the latest new words and senses added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition and Merriam-Webster Online.

Hardworking word-lovers everywhere can now learn the meaning of the word staycation ("a vacation spent at home or nearby") along with nearly 100 other new words.

Many of the new words address: concerns about the environment (carbon footprint, green collar), government activities (earmark, waterboarding), health and medicine (cardioprotective, locavore, naproxen, neuroprotective), pop culture (docusoap, fan fiction, flash mob, reggaeton), online activities (sock puppet, vlog, webisode), as well as several miscellaneous terms such as haram, memory foam, missalette, and zip line.

A sample:

1. acai
2. carbon footprint
3. cardioprotective
4. earmark
5. fan fiction
6. flash mob:

a group of people summoned (as by e-mail or text message) to a designated location at a specified time to perform an indicated action before dispersing. noun, 1987
7. frenemy
8. goji
9. green-collar
10. haram
11. locavore:

one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible. noun, 2005
12. memory foam
13. missalette
14. naproxen
15. neuroprotective
16. pharmacogenetics
17. physiatry
18. reggaeton
19. shawarma
20. sock puppet
21. staycation
22. vlog
23. waterboarding
24. webisode
25. zip line
a cable suspended above an incline to which a pulley and harness are attached for a rider. noun, 1984

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