Oxford Adds More than 2,000 New Words to the American Dictionary

May 16, 2005, 01:00 ET from The New Oxford American Dictionary Second Edition

    NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The fashionista needed some smash-mouth
 retail therapy but those Mary Janes were unobtainum.
     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