NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The fashionista needed some smash-mouth retail therapy but those Mary Janes were unobtainum. Confused? Writers, journalists, and anyone who wants to stay on top of our ever-evolving lexicon will find these and over 2,000 other new words given authoritative definitions in The New Oxford American Dictionary Second Edition ($60.00 hardcover, May 16, 2005), "the gold standard of American dictionaries." (The Providence Journal) American English is the most flexible language in the world, coining new words and usage at a phenomenal rate. Oxford lexicographers have added thousands of new entries to The New Oxford American Dictionary from every field of human endeavor-popular culture, business, computers, scientific and technical fields, food service, health care, politics, and more. With new entries ranging from agritainment to zorse, if it's new, Oxford knows it. "American English is constantly innovating, and at Oxford we watch the changes that are taking place closely. The New Oxford American Dictionary provides the most complete and accurate picture of American English today," says Ms. Erin McKean, who is also Editor in Chief of the Oxford's American Dictionary line. What other new words can you expect to find in this edition? New words that reflect the preoccupations of American culture, the times we live in, and pluralism of our nation. Here are just a few examples. Words in the News: al Qaeda, antiterrorism, frankenfood, Gitmo, intelligent design, Falun Gong, bunkerbuster, faith-based, hate crime, John F. Kerry and greenwash. Modern Times: 9/11, Amber alert, reality TV, taikonaut, smart mob, supersize, Texas Hold 'em, air rage, safe room, conflict diamond, fake bake, death metal, sizeism, smokeasy, trustafarian, mash up, permatemp, and barista. Computers and Technology: adbot, blogosphere, bluetooth, wiki, phishing, malware, infoholic, addy, hacktivist, dataveillance, snert, megapixel, code monkey, lurker, and RFID. Funny "ha ha" (and Funny "strange"): buckle bunny, cankle, clueful, cone of silence, FUD, ginormous, labradoodle, snivel gear, shojo, unobtainium, noogie, Joe Schmo, ka-ching, Raelian, and prairie-dogging The New Oxford American Dictionary Second Edition is an entirely new kind of dictionary-a guide to the way language really works, written by Americans for Americans. It is an indispensable tool for writers, educators, students (and graduates!), and anyone who wants truly authoritative lexicon of modern American English from the world's most respected dictionary maker.
SOURCE The New Oxford American Dictionary Second Edition