Monday, December 12, 2005

"Podcast" Named Word of the Year, "Blog" Chosen as Word to be Banished

You can't please everyone when it comes to new technology.

The Oxford American Dictionary has selected "podcast" as their word of the year. Among the runner-ups were: bird flu, IDP (internally displaced person), IED (a kind of bomb), persistent vegetative state, rootkit, and sudoku.

Meanwhile, over in Sault Ste.Marie (Michigan), Lake Superior State University is continuing its tradition of compiling an annual Banished Words List, or "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness" first launched in 1976. This year, many people from around the world nominated "blog" for inclusion in the list, saying it sounds like "something your mother would slap you for saying" or like "something that would be stuck in my toilet".

If you are curious, previous lists of words people have nominated for elimination from the English language are available on the university website.
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posted by Michel-Adrien at 5:44 pm


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