'Podcast' Is the Word of the Year

05 Dec, 2005, 00:00 ET from Oxford University Press

    NEW YORK, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Only a year ago, podcasting was an arcane
 activity, the domain of a few techies and self-admitted "geeks." Now you can
 hear everything from NASCAR coverage to NPR's All Things Considered in
 downloadable audio files called "podcasts". Thousands of podcasts are
 available at the iTunes Music Store, and websites such as iPodder.com  and
 Podcast.net track thousands more. That's why the editors of the New Oxford
 American Dictionary have selected "podcast" as the Word of the Year for 2005.
 Podcast, defined as "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar
 program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio
 player," will be added to the next online update of the New Oxford American
 Dictionary, due in early 2006.
 
     Runners-up for the 2005 Word of the Year include:
 
     bird flu (an often fatal flu virus of birds, esp.  poultry, that is
 transmissible from them to humans, in whom it may also prove fatal)
 
     ICE (an entry stored in one's cellular phone that provides emergency
 contact information)
 
     IDP (internally displaced person; someone forced to relocate within a
 country because of a natural disaster or civil unrest)
 
     IED (improvised explosive device, such as a car bomb)
 
     lifehack (a more efficient or effective way of completing an everyday
 task: "I found a great lifehack for getting a cheap hotel room.")
 
     persistent vegetative state (a  condition in which a patient recovering
 from a coma retains reflex responses and may appear wakeful, but has no
 cognitive functions or other evidence of cerebral cortical activity)
 
     reggaeton (a Latin American dance music which combines elements of reggae
 music with hip-hop and rap.)
 
     rootkit (software installed on a computer by someone other than the owner,
 intended to conceal other programs or processes, files or system data.)
 
     squick (cause immediate and thorough revulsion: "was anyone else squicked
 by our waiter's piercings?")
 
     sudoku (a logic-based puzzle consisting of squares that form grids within
 a grid. Into each smaller grid, the numerals 1 through 9 are entered but not
 repeated, and they may not be repeated in any row or column of the larger
 grid.)
 
     trans fat (fat containing trans-fatty acids, considered unhealthier than
 other dietary fats.)
 
     Erin McKean, editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, said:
 "Podcast was considered for inclusion last year, but we found that not enough
 people were using it, or were even familiar with the concept. This year it's a
 completely different story. The word has finally caught up with the rest of
 the iPod phenomenon."
     "Choosing the word of the year is incredibly difficult," said McKean. "Not
 just because of the enormous amount of data we look at-everything from blogs
 to technical journals to suggestions sent to dictionaries@oup.com-but because
 everyone has such strong opinions about what makes a word Word of the Year
 material. You'd be amazed at how hard our editors campaign for their
 favorites. I'm surprised nobody tried to bribe me -- except that the only
 thing I really want is more cool new words!"
 
 

SOURCE Oxford University Press
    NEW YORK, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Only a year ago, podcasting was an arcane
 activity, the domain of a few techies and self-admitted "geeks." Now you can
 hear everything from NASCAR coverage to NPR's All Things Considered in
 downloadable audio files called "podcasts". Thousands of podcasts are
 available at the iTunes Music Store, and websites such as iPodder.com  and
 Podcast.net track thousands more. That's why the editors of the New Oxford
 American Dictionary have selected "podcast" as the Word of the Year for 2005.
 Podcast, defined as "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar
 program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio
 player," will be added to the next online update of the New Oxford American
 Dictionary, due in early 2006.
 
     Runners-up for the 2005 Word of the Year include:
 
     bird flu (an often fatal flu virus of birds, esp.  poultry, that is
 transmissible from them to humans, in whom it may also prove fatal)
 
     ICE (an entry stored in one's cellular phone that provides emergency
 contact information)
 
     IDP (internally displaced person; someone forced to relocate within a
 country because of a natural disaster or civil unrest)
 
     IED (improvised explosive device, such as a car bomb)
 
     lifehack (a more efficient or effective way of completing an everyday
 task: "I found a great lifehack for getting a cheap hotel room.")
 
     persistent vegetative state (a  condition in which a patient recovering
 from a coma retains reflex responses and may appear wakeful, but has no
 cognitive functions or other evidence of cerebral cortical activity)
 
     reggaeton (a Latin American dance music which combines elements of reggae
 music with hip-hop and rap.)
 
     rootkit (software installed on a computer by someone other than the owner,
 intended to conceal other programs or processes, files or system data.)
 
     squick (cause immediate and thorough revulsion: "was anyone else squicked
 by our waiter's piercings?")
 
     sudoku (a logic-based puzzle consisting of squares that form grids within
 a grid. Into each smaller grid, the numerals 1 through 9 are entered but not
 repeated, and they may not be repeated in any row or column of the larger
 grid.)
 
     trans fat (fat containing trans-fatty acids, considered unhealthier than
 other dietary fats.)
 
     Erin McKean, editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, said:
 "Podcast was considered for inclusion last year, but we found that not enough
 people were using it, or were even familiar with the concept. This year it's a
 completely different story. The word has finally caught up with the rest of
 the iPod phenomenon."
     "Choosing the word of the year is incredibly difficult," said McKean. "Not
 just because of the enormous amount of data we look at-everything from blogs
 to technical journals to suggestions sent to dictionaries@oup.com-but because
 everyone has such strong opinions about what makes a word Word of the Year
 material. You'd be amazed at how hard our editors campaign for their
 favorites. I'm surprised nobody tried to bribe me -- except that the only
 thing I really want is more cool new words!"
 
 SOURCE  Oxford University Press