Monday, July 10, 2006

just look it up

Last week Merriam-Webster dictionary announced 100 new words being added to the 2006 fall version of their college dictionary. They are a representation of our culture today, and I even recognized some of them:

  • google: verb, to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the World Wide Web.
  • mouse potato: noun, a person who spends a great deal of time using a computer.
  • supersize: verb, to increase considerably the size, amount, or extent of.

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

The new words in 1806 were also representative of the culture at the time, a much simpler time, with words like opossum, vaccine, whiskey, and checkers.

So from one mouse potato to another, google the Webster site and check out the new words then and now.


Finn said...

I saw that news piece on either saturday or Sunday..*VBS* Go figure that we now have a new verb, google...LOL. I remember "oogle" as a word meaning to stare. It's a strange new world, but then they probably thought that back in 1800's when they added those new words.
Did you have a great anniversary??? Any new bears???
When ever I glance up and see mine, I think of you..*VBS*

John Cowart said...

But I haven't finished reading the old dictionary yet!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

If I told someone that I was a mouse potato they would say, WHAT???

Motherkitty said...

"Google" says that I must "ogle" the new words in the dictionary before I become "with it" otherwise I will be considered a "dunce." All of us must keep up with the times or else we will be considered out-of-date and out-of-step with the new lingo, nez pas? The world, it'sa changing alla time.