No longer just a buzzword, “podcast” has now officially become a word. And not just any word. The New Oxford American Dictionary has declared it Word of the Year. “Podcast was considered for inclusion last year,” Editor-in-Chief Erin McKean told the BBC. “But we found that not enough people were using it, or were even familiar with the concept. This year it’s a completely different story.”
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Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? When does a made-up word become real? And could you use “synecdochical” in a sentence, please? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways in which today’s print dictionary is poised for transformation in this internet era. (Recorded March 2007 in […]
Today, Erin McKean realized the idea that forms the base of her 2007 TED Talk with the launch of Wordnik.com, a dictionary that evolves as language does. On Wordnik, users can add new words and meanings, tag words with related expressions, see real-time search results for words from Twitter and Flickr, discover how many Scrabble points […]