Thursday, July 14, 2005

Vocab Boost

1. "New words for Collins English Dictionary"
"Chavs, yarcos and neds - these are the new tribes of Britain, as defined
 by compilers of the latest edition of the Collins English Dictionary"

2. "Online dictionary breathes life into English"
"Collins has launched a 'Living Dictionary' which can help people decipher
 new English terms like Santa stress, tinseltastic, mucus trooper or

3. "Dictionary says Americans getting phatter"
"Fed up with your McJob? Then curb your agita with a phat brewski and be
 grateful you did not throw away your last dead presidents on the latest
 dead-cat bounce on the market"

4. "New words are added to dictionary"
"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"

5. "Oxford 'bada bings' its latest dictionary"
"'Bada bing', the catchphrase popularised by the hit television show The
 Sopranos, has earned a place alongside 3,000 other new entries in the
 latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English"

6. "McDonald's CEO upset over 'McJob' entry"
"McDonald's says it deserves a break from the unflattering way the latest
 Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary depicts its job opportunities.
 Among some 10,000 new additions to an updated version released in June
 was the term 'McJob,' defined as 'low paying and dead-end work.'"

7. "Farmers stew over 'couch potato'"
"Farmers want 'couch potato' removed from the dictionary because they
 believe the expression is damaging the vegetable's image"

8. "Website embedded in naming top words, phrases"
"'Embedded', as in the reporters assigned to accompany military units
 during the war, beat out 'blog' and 'SARS' as the top word of 2003,
 website said"

9. "'Ginormous' tops non-dictionary word list"
"The editors of Merriam-Webster dictionaries got more than 3,000 entries
 when, in a lighthearted moment, they asked visitors to their Web site to
 submit their favorite words that aren't in the dictionary"

10. "Vatican breathes new life into Latin"
"An up-to-date Latin dictionary produced by the Vatican goes on sale this
 week, modernising a language considered by many best left consigned to
 history... In their day, Rome's rulers might have benefited from a
 'telephonium albo televisifico coniunctum' - or video telephone - to
 stay in touch with distant parts of the empire"