On Nov. 21st Karen Maezen Miller at Cheerio Road (http://www.karenmaezenmiller.com/) said,
"A couple of weeks ago the sucky New Oxford American Dictionary named Sarah Palin’s twitter flub refudiate their word of the year."
Huh? Are you kidding? It's not a new word people, it's a mispronounced word!
Karen went on to say that "The dictionary folks are just trying to sell more dictionaries, even as they undermine the relevance of dictionaries." That's what it's all about these days, it seems. Money, money, money! Never mind if it makes sense, is ethical or even beneficial, if it makes "us" money let's do it!
She then went on to make list of the words that she wouldn't mind never hearing again. This is part of her list:
connectivity crowdsourcing earmark eyeroll fail grizzly hashtag hater influencer kanye kardashian launch manifesto mashup meh optimization palin platform rogue silo smackdown socialist sucky summit tea trending transparency viral zenlike
I can't think of any words other than most of the “words” in the, I guess you would say, “hip hop” world.
and so on!
I understand that new words come along every once in a while and are added to the dictionary (like floppy disk, cd rom, etc.) These words are new words with their own meaning and areneeded, useful and relevant to our changing world. Therefore it is necessary to add them to the dictionary.
Words that are morphed from other words, mispronounced or made up really have no place in an official dictionary.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know!