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Sleeping with the Frenemy?

Planning a staycation this year?

Have to catch up with a webisode?

Occupation: Full-time Vlogger

The flash mob converged at central station.

Sounds like some slang language? Not anymore.

These terms have just been added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, 2009 Eleventh Edition.

Indeed even the dictionary has caught the internet fever or madness whichever you prefer it. No doubt.

To stay abreast with what word is used in the mainstream, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, added 100 new words.

Some words were amusing while others might be familiar to you and have been around since. Vvocabularies included in the list; were of pop culture in nature, others are online activities. Several medical terms and even a few Arabic words.

According to Merriam Webster, for a word to be considered or to win its place, a word has to undergo a “carefully edited prose” test.

Frequency of appearance in print minus special marking such as parentheses, quote marks, italics or any kind of explanation, which indicates both editors and writers believe their readers already know.

ex: “frenemy”  or  frenemy vs frenemy

Arabic words in origin were also included in the 2009 edition. Possibly the war on Iraq often very visible in US newspapers and magazines have contributed to the entrance of these Arabic terms.

12 new terms in the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition of 2009

carbon footprint – (noun) the negative impact that something (as a person or business) has on the environment ; specifically : the amount of carbon emitted by something during a given period

flash mob (noun) – 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 stories involving popular fictional characters that are written by fans and often posted on the Internet —called also fan ffic \-ˈfik\

frenemy – (noun) Etymology: blend of friend and enemy
Definition: one who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy

lacavore – (noun) Etymology:  local + -vore (as in carnivore)
Definition: one who eats foods grown llocally whenever possible

memory foam – (noun) a dense polyurethane foam that becomes more pliable when in contact with heat

missalette – (noun) a shortened form of a missal published periodically for congregational use

reggaeton – (noun) Etymology:  American Spanish reggaetón, from reggae reggae + -ton (as in Spanish maratón marathon)
Definition: popular music of Puerto Rican origin that combines rap with Caribbean rhythms

shawarma – (noun) Etymology:  Levantine Arabic shāwurma sliced lamb on a skewer, from Turkish çevir- turn
Definition: a sandwich especially of sliced lamb or chicken, vegetables, and often tahini wrapped in pita bread

sock puppet – (noun) a:  a hand puppet made with a sock  or   b: a false online identity used for deceptive purposes

staycation – (noun)  Etymology: blend of stay and vacation

vlog – (noun) Etymology: video + blog
Definition:  a blog that contains video material
(verb) Vlog , (noun) vlogger

webisode – (noun) Etymology:  blend of Web and episode
Definition: an episode especially of a TV show that may or may not have been telecast but can be viewed at a Web site

Right now your word processor will show a red line beneath these words,  signaling your spelling is either wrong or there is no such word. I assure you they are now legitimate.

Interestingly enough a google search of the word frenemy will result in a Wikipedia page with the caption on top of the article. “This article may contain material not appropriate for an encyclopedia. Please discuss this issue on the talk page. (April 2009)”

On the other hand, the website http://www.vlogblog.vom: VLOG BLOG – Vlogging Video Blogging, describes itself as the “ultimate resource for vlogging and video blogging”.  Why what else?

So there you go. Getting ready for my staycation. Till next.

This article is lovingly dedicated to all the bloggers and vloggers, blogging and vlogging at the blogs and vlogs in the great www! (whew) 😉

Can you say it faster?  Again, one more time…






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