The annual list of new words being added…

The annual list of new words being added to Webster’s is up, the linked sampling of which has a bewildering lexicographic spread. I mean, vlog and webisode make sense (although I’d argue that webisode is redundant; generally speaking the show itself indicates the distribution medium) as new linguistic constructions, reggaeton and waterboarding are both old words that have just become popular, so that makes sense.

But, naproxen? And zip-line wasn’t already a dictionary word?

Of course, the obligatory news articles make the obligatory statement about how the dictionary and common usage are not the same. So, yeah. What they said.

Webster’s also says they have their eye on “prepone”, which seems a succinct and sensible semantic transformation. I’m just not sure I could ever not spell it “pre-pwn”.

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