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“A former dot-commer working a McJob was listening to some headbangers while laying out the last of his dead presidents for longnecks and some less than heart-healthy Frankenfood.” Read this article on new words that have been added to the dictionary.

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  1. dud Says:

    ‘..you’re much too very very / to ever be in Mr Webster’s dictionary’

    Webster’s can’t be as hot as Cole Porter thought it was if they’ve got ‘comb-over’ down as a neologism. It’s a good few decades old surely?
    Maybe someone more web-literate than me can post a 60s image of soccer star Bobby Charlton who was the styles proudest exponent? ( On windy days it’d detach itself and he’d accelerate down the pitch with a foot-long skein of hair fluttering like a banner behind him.)

  2. dud Says:

    …and here’s the UK equivalent. The Oxford English online has just opened its doors to twocker*,loungecore,hantavirus and wonderbra. Among others.

    http://dictionary.oed.com/public/help/Dict/Quarterly/0303.htm

    How long does a new word have to be embedded in the language before it merits a dictionary entry? Or is it down to quantity,the number of citations? Is Webster’s a bit more cautious than the OED?

    Anyone know about this stuff?

    *A twocker is one who Takes WithOut Consent(your car,for example).

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