W00T! The Word of the Year is Out!

Merriam-Webster had a contest and the word of the year, as voted by you, was w00t. While it’s not in their official dictionary, it is in their open dictionary online and have suggested that by winning, it may have a better chance of entering their main dictionary.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not sure about some of the terms that are entering our dictionaries. In recent years, we’ve seen a lot of slang entry regular dictionaries. While there use has certainly increased, I’m not sold that it’s enough for a proper dictionary – definitely a slang dictionary.

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One Response to W00T! The Word of the Year is Out!

  1. Marcella says:

    I agree that dictionaries today are attempting to become involved in pop culture but while doing so are actually transforming into a type of “urban dictionary”. It won’t be long before “shorty” and “donk” enter the fray!!
    On the other hand, at least Merriam-Webster had an interesting word in comparison to Oxford’s which was “Locavore” (people eating food grown within a 100 mile radius.) Sounds a little primitive, don’t you think?

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