Merriam-Webster’s New Words for 2012: How Many Do You Know?
by Barbara Behan
The news about Merriam-Webster’s new words for 2012 was all over the Twitterverse yesterday. I wanted to see the complete list, but the Huffington Post tells us the company — which leads the dictionary market — won’t reveal them all.
“Let [our competitors] find their own words,” company president John Morse, perhaps only partly joking. ” It’s not a cutthroat business, but we like to say it’s a bare knuckles business.”
So, word lovers of the world: if you don’t have anything to do for the next six weeks, buy the new dictionary and get looking. Let us know when you find them all.
In the meantime, here’s a short list.
- Tipping point
- Aha moment
- Craft beer
- Gassed (a new slang definition)
- Systemic risk
- Underwater (a new slang definition)
How many are new to you?